In The Piano Lesson, Berniece wants to keep the piano and her brother Boy Willie wants to sell it. Who is right?

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In many respects, I think that this becomes one of the central issues of the play.  The desire to sell the piano or keep it represents the notion of discarding the past or being tied to it.  Boy Willie sees the piano as a commodity, refusing to acknowledge its intangible connection to the past.  Berniece features a complicated relationship to the piano.  She steadfastly refuses selling it, but she no longer plays it and really has not acknowledged the role the...

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