They have brought a truck of watermelons to sell. Berniece accuses Boy Willie of shoving Sutter down a well, and she asks him to leave.
They have brought a truck of watermelons to sell.
Berniece accuses Boy Willie of shoving Sutter down a well, and she asks him to leave. Doaker insists that Berniece will not sell the piano, because she refused to sell when Avery brought a buyer to the house.
Willie insists that he will convince her. Maretha comes downstairs, and Willie asks her to play the piano. She plays the beginning of a few simple tunes, and he answers her song with a boogie-woogie. Berniece refuses to listen and walks out. Lymon and Willie both gather different perspectives from their experiences.
Lymon wants to flee to the North where he will be better treated, while Willie feels that whites only treat blacks badly if the blacks do not try and stop them. They ask Wining Boy to play the piano, but instead he explains that being seen as nothing more than a piano player became a burden.
He carved likenesses of his entire history on the piano.
Willie declares that these are stories of the past and that the piano should now be put to good use. Willie and Lymon attempt to move the piano to test its weight. Berniece tells Willie to stop and informs him that he is selling his soul for money. Upstairs, Maretha is confronted by the ghosts, and she screams.
Act 2, Scene 1 Doaker and Wining Boy are again together in the house alone. Lymon and Willie walk into the room after a watermelon sale. Wining Boy sells his suit and shoes to Lymon, promising its swooning effects on women. Both Lymon and Willie leave the house in hot pursuit of women. Act 2, Scene 2 Later that day as Berniece is preparing for her bath, Avery enters and proposes that Berniece should open up and let go.
Berniece changes the topic and asks Avery to bless the house, hoping to destroy the spirit of the Sutter ghost. Act 2, Scenes 3—5 Boy Willie enters the Charles house with Grace and begins to fool around on the couch.
Berniece orders them out and opens the door to see Lymon. The next morning, Lymon and Willie try to move the piano out and are stopped by Uncle Doaker. Willie, frustrated, demands that he will sell the piano no matter what.
The day to move the piano draws closer. Avery attempts to drive the ghost away with his blessings but is not successful. Suddenly, Berniece knows that she must play the piano again as a plea to her ancestors.
Finally, the house is led to a calm aura, and Willie leaves. Characters[ edit ] Doaker Charles: The owner of the Charles household; the uncle of Berniece and Boy Willie. He lives with his niece Berniece and great-niece Maretha.
A tall and thin year-old man, Charles recounts the most detailed parts of his lives with his job on the railroad.
Due to his old age, his connection to the past is expressed through his stories.
I was just telling the man about the piano. A sharecropper and recently delivered out of prison from MississippiBoy Willie plans to sell the piano and use the earnings to buy the land where his ancestors had formerly toiled.
His use of the legacy comes down to practicality; Willie finds the rich culture of his history engraved on the piano through pictures, blood, and tears to be a simple conversion to money.Boy Willie is screwing wheels on a plank and telling Maretha the history of the Yellow Dog train, and about its ghosts.
He hasn’t spoken to them, but Wining Boy has. Berniece comes home and sends Maretha upstairs, though she’s afraid of the ghost. Boy Willie goes with her to fight off the ghost.
He wrote the piano lesson. He is proud to be an African American and his cultural experience are what he loves to write about. Wants to share richness of his culture. Berniece and Boy Willie's uncle and the owner of the household in which the play takes place.
He is 47 and spent his life working for the railroad. In August Wilson's play The Piano Lesson, there are a total of 8 characters: Berniece, Boy Willie, Doaker, Lymon, Maretha, Avery Brown, Winning Boy, and Grace. At the heart of The Piano Lesson is a brother and sister couple at war over the question of using the family legacy.
Berniece, the sister, fiercely protects the piano from being sold. Berniece, the sister, fiercely protects the piano from being sold.
Doaker tells Boy Willie that Berniece will never sell it, and that she has already been offered a good price for the piano when Avery, a preacher who has been courting Berniece, once send a man to the house to look at it so that he could get money to finance his church.
Wining Boy: The comical figure in The Piano Lesson, the Wining Boy is the year-old elder brother of Doaker Charles. He tries to portray the image of a successful musician and gambler, but his music and attire are extremely dated.