Describe the climax of the play in relation to the truck's load of watermelon at the start of the play.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the opening of the play with the watermelons is significant.  Lymon and Boy Willie have stolen the truck and loaded the melons on it in order to sell it and split the profit.  This is significant because it represents the primary motivation of Boy Willie as a character.  He is one who seeks to make profitability as a critical element of his being.  What he does is done for profit.  What is perceived and seen is viewed in terms of profit.  It is here where Boy Willie's fundamental battle with Berniece over the piano is significant.  Boy Willie views reality in a pragmatic condition, where end results are evident through machination and manipulation.  In his world, this is how success is determined.  Berniece is of a condition that views reality differently.  Their struggle is evident throughout the drama, but becomes fully evident in the ending of the drama.  The climax of the play is one in which Boy Willie ends up leaving with the warning that he might return, presumably with the same truck and intent as he possessed at the start of the play.  The ending's juxtaposition of one in which there exists a condition where profitability and pragmatism do not reign supreme is contrasted with the play's start in which there is nothing but a sense of profit and pragmatism evident.

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