ENG 140 Sinche Journal 2

ENG 140 Sinche Journal 2 - In the book The Piano Lesson you...

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In the book The Piano Lesson you see two different ways of trying to hold on to or remember your family’s past. Berniece holds onto the piano like there’s no tomorrow, while Boy Willie wants to buy the land his family used to work as slaves by selling the piano. Both of these ways works to help remember the past, but the way they do it is more like clinging to the past, rather than just holding onto it like everyone else does, and learning from your predecessors’ mistakes. Berniece makes a big thing of the piano and how she doesn’t want to part with it because of the carvings of her predecessors’ faces on it along with the fact that she used to play it when she was a child. She hasn’t played it since her husband passed away and just decided to put it in storage rather than put it to some other good use. To me, I would think of it as dis-honoring her predecessors and specifically Papa Willie Boy by not playing it. I think of honoring relatives that have passed on by continuing their work, or
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENG 140 taught by Professor Blackwell during the Fall '07 term at Hartford.

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ENG 140 Sinche Journal 2 - In the book The Piano Lesson you...

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