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Comparing Power and Control in A Raisin In The Sun and Juno and the Paycock

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Power and Control in A Raisin In The Sun and Juno and the Paycock

In the two plays, A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey, the reader is presented with a definite struggle for power among its main characters and society's ideals. These plays also serve as functions of drama, where the reader or viewer can also perceive much more in the way they are portrayed by the actors and the director as well, as the overall thematic plot and significance.

In A Raisin In The Sun, the reader is faced with the struggle between Walter and his wife, Ruth, and his mother, Mama, for power and head of the household. In the first Act of the play Walter deliberately oversteps Ruth's authority just to spite her and show his power as head of the family. Travis, their son requests fifty cents for school, and Ruth denies his request because they don't have the money. Walter enters and gives his son more than enough money with his eyes completely transfixed on his wife, who looks at him with utmost scorn and disapproval:

Travis-she won't gimme the fifty cents...

Walter-(To his wife only) Why not?

Ruth-(Simply, and with flavor) 'Cause we don't have it.

Walter-(To Ruth only) What you tell the boy things like that for? (Reaching down into his pants with a rather important gesture) Here son-(He hands the boy the coin, but his eyes are directed to his wife's. Travis takes the money happily)

Travis-Thanks, Daddy. (He starts out. Ruth watches both of them with murder in her eyes. Walter stands and stares back at her with defiance...(Hansberry 30-31)

It is obvious that this scene was meant to be performed, with all its subtle actions and expressed grievances. Here one confrontation of...

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...ter to the house he retreats back to his former attempts of deception by lying to her about supposed jobs and leg pains. Like in Raisin, Jack falls into a fortune which he squanders away and then later realizes he never possessed, getting into a great debt. He uses the money however to make himself head of the family, or man of the house, which ultimately falls apart. At the end of the play though, unlike Raisin, he never acquires any real authority as the play ends in disarray, and he goes off to drown his sorrows at the local saloon.

These two plays show dramatically the struggle for authoritative power over the characters lives, families, and societies pressures. The overall tragedy that befalls them as they are swept up in these conflicts distinctly portrays the thematic plot of their common misconception for power and control over their lives.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the two plays, a raisin in the sun by lorraine hansberry and juno and the paycock by sean o'casey, serve as functions of drama.
  • Analyzes how in a raisin in the sun, walter oversteps ruth's authority just to spite her and show his power as head of the family.
  • Analyzes how travis won't gimme the fifty cents to his wife, ruth, and walter. they discuss how the son hands the boy the coin, but his eyes are directed to ruth's.
  • Analyzes how one confrontation of power between ruth and walter transcends into a greater plight shown in the play as walter tries to assume itative head of the family, which he must not be given by mama.
  • Analyzes how mama stands in the way of walter's foolish ambitions and pride, and lets him take on the responsibility of the family affairs.
  • Analyzes how walter struggles against the crisis of the money, and society's racist ideologies with mama and mr. lindner.
  • Analyzes the power struggle between jack, captain boyle, and juno, his wife, as well as from the overall society.
  • Opines that it's a terrible thing to be tied to an always grousin' woman.
  • Analyzes how joxer's rhapsody is cut short by the sight of juno coming forward and confronting the two cronies.
  • Analyzes how joxer swears to stand up for his dignity as head of the family, but juno retreats back to his former attempts of deception by lying to her about supposed jobs and leg pains.
  • Analyzes how these two plays show the struggle for authoritative power over the characters' lives, families, and societies pressures. the tragedy that befalls them as they are swept up in these conflicts distinctly portrays the thematic plot of their common misconception for power and control over their lives.
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