Both sibling’s side of the argument are reasonable and can be related to elements in Alex Haley’s Roots and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.It may not be possible to say either side of the argument is right or wrong, but to see which aspect is more justified is certainly viable.
Women’s Literature – The Piano Lesson Essay In The Piano Lesson both Boy Willie and his sister Bernice have their own agendas for their father’s old piano, crafted by their grandfather. He wants to sell it so that he can buy land to farm.
Bernice, although she is afraid to play on it wants to keep it where it is in her living room because the carvings on the piano tell their family’s history and act as a reminder of her father’s foolishness in trying to steal it and her mother’s hard work and sadness she put polished into the piano.
I think family history and family heirlooms that hold so much sentimental value are worth treasuring more so than a piece of land that will most likely be of no use to Boy Willie when he realizes how exhausted the land is from being farmed for so long and that very well might be sold down his family line.
Though there really isn’t a right or a wrong thing to do with the piano because both have their perks and weaknesses, I think that the lesson learned from the sibling’s father’s foolishness and mother’s hard work that the piano possesses is the most important thing.
Sethe, like Boy Willie didn’t want to be bothered by the white man anymore and absolutely feared oppression sweeping over her life once again and both characters were willing to do anything to protect what little freedom they had, even if that meant selling years of family history in carvings or killing children so they wouldn’t feel the pain of slavery.
Bernice’s decision to keep the piano though she never used it herself was so that the pain it took to get that piano where it was would never be forgotten.
She sings for the spirits of her family to help her.
As her music becomes more powerful, more insistent, the ghost goes away, the battle upstairs ceases, and even her stubborn brother has a change of heart.
Their father died to save that piano and their mother polished it every day of the rest of her widowed life with her sweat, tears, blood.
Bernice didn’t want this foolishness of thievery and murder to ever be forgotten, especially because her husband died over stolen hunks of wood as well.