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Fences Vs A Lesson Before Dying - 794 words
In the novels, A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines and Fences by August Wilson, the characters struggle to overcome lifes difficulties and to find the true meaning of their existence by freeing themselves from their troubles. This form of self-redemption helps to renew each characters conscience and bring him or her to a new light, where they can reach the full potential of their lives. Both works of literature contain several characters that overcome lifes hardships with redemption, but the ones who make the biggest sacrifices are the most important. The two that truly redeem themselves are Grant, from A Lesson Before Dying and Rose, from Fences. In August Wilsons novel Fences, it is Ros ...
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Glass Menagerie - 1,382 words
In the drama, "The Piano Lesson" by August Wilson written in 1945, it showed the difficulties in releasing the past and moving forward in one's life. It also centered on the conflicts between brother and sister over differences in values and beliefs. For example, the brother, Boy Willie, wanted to sell the family piano so he can buy his own land to farm and start a new life for himself. However, he was confronted by his sister, Berniece, who did not want to sell the piano due to it's rich and painful past that it represented. Therefore, the theme in "The Piano Lesson" shows the complexity of African-American attitudes toward the past and black heritage compared to plans for the future. In ad ...
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Money - 632 words
MONEY: can it buy happiness, success, or just stuff? Imagine for a moment it is your big sisters 17th birthday. She is out with her friends celebrating, and your parents are at the mall with your little brother doing some last minute birthday shopping, leaving you home alone. You then hear a knock on th e front door. When you get there, nobody is there, just an anonymous note taped to the door that says Happy Birthday, along with a hundred dollar bill. Youve been dying to get that new video game, and your sister will never know. You are faced with a tough decision, but not a very uncommon one. In both Fences, by August Wilson, and A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansbury, tough decisions ha ...
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The Piano Lesson: Union Of Slave Legacy With Black American Self Identity - 1,488 words
In The Piano Lesson1, August Wilson has captured the black experience comprehensively. The main question he has asked is about the past of the Afro-Americans. This past includes years of slavery and degradation. According to Wilson , the main concern, which black Americans have to address is, what they should do with their past legacy, firstly of African civilization and secondly of slavery in the American continent. In their search for self-identity, this conflict of consciousness between past slave-selves and present independent selves has to be resolved. In The Piano Lesson, Wilson has offered a resolution. He invokes the past that is connected with the civilization of Africa in order to ...
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Literary Analysis: The Piano Lesson - 1,053 words
Many plays have passed the audiences eyes with no recognition. There are some plays which most people do not remember. There are plays about cats, dogs and most anything one can think up. There are also plays which try to send a hidden meaning to the audience. There are plays which are covers for a real purpose of wasting an audiences time. More importantly, there are good plays. As the 1990 winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Piano Lesson, by August Wilson, stands out as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century. August Wilson uses many tricks and techniques in order to keep the audiences attention and to appeal to the average man. The Piano Lesson contains qualities of mystery plays, thr ...
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Literary Analysis: The Piano Lesson - 1,108 words
... and requires good actors. It seems that Wilson put much effort into the meticulous characterization of each personality. The meticulous characterization of each personality sets this play apart from many other plays. The beauty of this play is the audience gets to learn the background of each character within the first scene. Therefore, the audience understands each character at the beginning of the play and can worry about other more important aspects of the plot. Characters who serve no purpose at all are Maretha, Avery, Wining Boy, and Grace. The more important characters of the play are Doaker, Boy Willie, Lymon, and Berniece. Boy Willies character is a thirty year old man who is a s ...
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