The speaker points out Dora’s ability as an artist and sculptor, and William’s clear ability as a storyteller and raconteur. The implication of “Unfinished Masterpieces” is that economic and racial conditions prevented both these characters from developing their talents and therefore from making artistic contributions equal to their native abilities. In fact, William boasts of never having worked at anything for anyone. Both characters are hence “unfinished masterpieces” because of the deprivation that both experienced. Both Dora and William may be seen as symbols of blacks and also, more generally, of people who have been denied the rights and opportunities to develop their skills and their humanity.