The book report " A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry" looks into the hardships faced by the African Americans in a racially discriminated society. But an in-depth analysis of the play reflects that Hansberry deals with the predicament of the human beings in general. …
However, Walter, instead of for making money through his hard work, eyes on the insurance money that his mother acquires after his father’s death. He dreams about a prospective prosperous lifestyle with the help of the money that he would receive from his mother. Lena, after much thought, yields to his desire and gives a large portion of money for his business as Walter promised his mother that she shall never regret this decision.
Walter entrusts the money in the hands of an unworthy friend and to his dismay finds that the money has been lost. He is torn between material wealth and honor. Finally, he is made to realize that dignity and decorum hold a lofty position in the society over money. His realization wins over his lust for money. He finally recognizes the truth that values and morality do generate the respect and reverence a man deserves in the society. When Walter Lee refuses the money offered by Mr. Linder asking them not to move into the new house, the audiences become aware of the fact that morality has won over money.
When Beneatha learns that her brother Walter has lost the money that was set aside for her medical education, she is driven to a state of despair. This is because she believed that personal aspirations had a social concern of creating a better, healthy society. The institution of family is so strong that it binds the members together even during the times of adversity and make them realize that the true value of life is upholding morality.
Lena Young has been the beacon light, guiding the family in the moral path and assisting the members of the family to discover the greatness of morality through her life story. She is aware of the past and present and foresees future with the right attitude and thereby guides her son to mature into manhood.
On the whole, Hansberry has successfully established the fact that upholding moral values have been the strong foundations of the society. The play A Raisin in the Sun set during the pre Civil Rights period depicts the role and position of the Afro Americans in a ...
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Younger. Each member of the family wanted things to do with it: Lena, or “Mama,” wants to use the money to buy a house to fulfill this shared dream with her husband; Walter wants to invest in a liquor store to solve the family’s financial problems; Walter’s wife, Ruth, favors Mama’s choice; and Beneatha, daughter of Mama and sister of Walter, wants to use the money for medical school.
Utilizing a verity of techniques Daniel Petrie, the director of the film , A Raisin in the Sun(1961) did not only preserved the originality of the play, but also successfully transferred this classic of Afro American literature into a highly commendable film.
He was one of the leaders of the ‘Harlem Renaissance” of the 20’s and 30’s that was centered in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City and that saw an upsurge of the cultural expression of the black people including musicians
Musicians ,poets and writers. Not only black literature but other forms of expression by the blacks including the Jazz and Blues were the contribution of this movement.
In fact, in the most parts of the novel or story, race is depicted as the main obstacle in dream accomplishment. This allows Lorraine to draft a universally appealing story and enable the audience to understand the main effect of race in family lives of Americans.
The theme behind this novel was the oppression faced by the black Americans during that time. The theme is about misconception, struggle and miscommunication. The story revolves around four main characters namely Walter and Ruth younger their mother Lean and sister Beneatha.
It is worth mentioning at the outset that there will be a use of the Aristotle's poetics to analyse theses themes and shades of tragedy within the two plays.analysis of these two plays.According to Aristotle tragedy within poetry and drama arouses the sense of pity and fear and my paper explores these themes within these two dramas.
The notion of the perfect "American Dream" is a prominent theme with in the empty life of both the protagonists portraying life in the fifties era.)Death of Salesman was authored by Arthur Miller in the early twentieth century and the play was written in 1949 .The play was an immediate success with the literary critics and won the Pulitzer Prize.
This is a three-act drama that mainly concentrated on how a family handles emotional stress, coping with life in a more challenging environment-challenging prejudice and economic oppression. The concept of the story is based on a black family and their own experience thriving in an urban neighborhood in the heart of Washington Park Subdivision in Chicago.
"Hansberry, an intellectual and activist, used the play as a vehicle to address significant issues of the day including segregation, poverty, political resistance, social justice, feminism and reproductive rights. This introspective look at one black family living in Chicago's south side brought into sharp focus the issues facing black people in America and abroad in the 1950s." (Penumbra Theatre Study Guide) Therefore, the play dealt with several significant issues concerning the black people in the 1950s and one of the most important issues in the play has been the issue of poverty.
But both of these stories revolve on the unfortunate events encountered by the characters involved and how they handle it.
A Raisin in the Sun and Oedipus Rex are both tragic stories. The former's tragedy comes in the form of racial discrimination experienced by the African-American family not to mention the poverty that the Younger's family have to endure.