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Prof Pat Swenson

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

Elements of Fiction

Literary Theory

Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

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Department of English

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Liberal Studies Program

EA 100
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The Piano Lesson by August Wilson - Discussion Guide



Doaker Charles, Boy Willie, Lymon, Berniece, Maretha

Avery Brown, Wining Boy, Grace


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.


Setting, Time & Place: 1930s - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Memory & Historical Legacy


The Call to the Dead


Maternal & Paternal Lines

The Mark

The Piano