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Power and Authority in "A Raisin in the Sun"

- As I have written about over the last few months: A Raisin in the Sun is a play of many themes. Besides the central idea of the blacks trying to get out of the ghetto, it has many side plots. One of the most predominant of these side-plots is the role and effects of power and authority. In general, most people strive for power and control, whether they can handle it or not. Humans don’t like to be subservient to one another. The same idea applies in the play as well. Power and authority are always changing hands....   [tags: Raisin in the Sun, authority, ]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- I really enjoyed the movie A Raisin in the Sun. It follows a black family's struggle to reach their long anticipated dreams. These dreams, and the struggles necessary to attain them, is one of the main focuses of the movie. The movie began with a husband, Walter, and wife, Ruth, fighting over Walter's dream to make it in the business world by using an insurance check as a down payment on opening a liquor store. He believes that if someone in the family would just listen to him and put forth their trust, his dreams would become a success....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Theme of Money in In a Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman

- The Theme of Money in In a Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman A common theme in society today is that money is the key to happiness. In A Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman the theme that money is the root of contentment is also present. In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter Lee has such a desire to be rich that he neglects his son and wife. Willy, in Death of a Salesman, is also very distracted by the thought of money. First of all, Willy believes that he needs to be as successful as his brother, Ben, in order to be happy....   [tags: Money Happiness Walter Lee Literature Essays]

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A Raisin in the Sun

- In A Raisin In the Sun Lorraine Hansberry uses everyday objects-a plant, money, and a home to symbolize a family's struggle to deal with racism and oppression in their everyday lives, as well as to exemplify their dreams. She begins with a vivid description of the family's weary, small, and dark apartment in Chicago's ghetto Southside during the 1950s. The Youngers are an indigent African-American family who has few choices in their white society. Each individual of the Younger family has a separate dream-Beneatha wants to become a doctor, Walter wants to open a liquor store, and Ruth and Mama want a new and better home....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Importance of Relationships in "A Raisin in the Sun"

- A Raisin in the Sun is drama, a play, and is a book that can change the value or purpose of a dream, the right to fight for what is right. This can also change the way you think about the importance of the people who are close to you. Some people believe that dreams can come true and some people believe. This play shows how a small family sticks together though the hard times of the 1950’s. Even though they have difficulties, they manage to stick together and help each other. This play is all about dreams....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry, Literary Analysis]

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Essay Outline for Conflict in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

- Conflicts in A Raisin in the Sun – Essay Outline I. Conflicts in the Play - There are many types of conflict evident in this play. Some are as follows: A. Man vs. Man - Mama is the matriarch of the family, and she is very much in control of her children's lives. She is driven by a strong sense of pride and a strong faith in God. Her ideas conflict with three other characters: 1.  Walter - His dreams of owning a licquor store conflict religiously with Mama's value system. The conflict between Mama and Walter is amplified by the fact that it is Mama's apartment in which the family lives and Walter is unable/unwilling to make decisions because Mama is so domineering....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun In the book “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, there were characters whose dreams were stated, some of which were shattered by greed and misfortune and others which would eventually come to be true. The first dream that came about was Walter’s dream of one day owning and maintaining a liquor store. He would do anything to attempt to get his dream to come true, but his mama wanted anything but that to happen. His mama had a dream of her own though, she dreamed of one day owning her own house, where her whole family could stay comfortably....   [tags: essays papers]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- ... Mama tries to make sure that everyone is happy, together, and will have one another’s back through everything. She is very religious and God comes before everything. As Walter is always leaving the house when he is mad, and Beneatha is out with her boyfriend, Mama is always trying to make sure that everyone is safe. Mama just wanted buy a house to fulfill a dream she shared with her husband, and make everyone happy and be able to have their own privacy. Money is not everything when it comes to Mama....   [tags: play analysis]

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Live a Dream to Face Reality in Raisin in the Sun

- ... People were being treated like a piece of dirt. Our own society, when in all doubt we were supposed to turn to each other, see one another has an equal. Kind of in a way Walter Younger wanted this. What made him any more different than a white man. He wanted to prove the color of his skin would not be a restraint. Both the speech and novel related on this topic very well. Neither of them showed the desire to be superior, but to be considered equal. To add on, Another thing in common both the novel written by Lorraine Hansberry and the speech showed similarities in wanting to live the american dream....   [tags: Martin Luther King, segregation, speech]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Ronils Review of A Raisin in the Sun. This is probably the first play I've ever seen that I REALLY HEATED. A Raisin in the Sun The Madison Repertory Theatre has produced many plays by African American playwrights recently, such as last year's From the Mississippi Delta, but their most recent, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun is certainly one of the veryWorst. The play starts in a darkened living room. Ruth Younger wakes her family on a Friday morning. Her father-in-law has recently died, and the family is awaiting the arrival of the insurance money....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry

- The Raisin in the Sun is a story and also a play both epic and simple. A family living on the south side of Chicago struggles and is having a lot of issues they dream for a better life. They are relying on the mother (Lena) Husband insurance check to arrive. My First Theme would be “Family God and Love” in the Raisin in the Sun one of the major key points the importance of family, Even with all the difficulties ensue, The characters learn to work together get past their difference and appreciate each other....   [tags: literary analysis, themes]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- A Success of Life Walter is a man just like many others; he has a job, a family, and he also has ambitions in life just like anybody else. Walter is not the only one in his family that has ambitions, almost everybody else in his family have ambitions as well. These ambitions created conflicts between family members after they all found out that Walter's mother (Lena) have been settled by an insurance company for the death of her husband, and she is about to obtain a large sum of money. Walter was already making plans in how to spend his mother's money in one of his twisted ideas without considering others....   [tags: American Literature]

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Characters Dreams Deferred in Raisin In The Sun

- Although Mama, Ruth, Beneatha and Walter all live in the same house, there dreams are all different. All the characters want to for fill there dream but, what happens if these dream are deferred. Mama is the head of the house. She dreams that her family will be happy and that her children have the best life they can have. She does what ever she can to make her children’s dreams come true. Ruth is Walter's wife. Her dream is to have a happy family but she also wants to be wealthy. Beneatha is Mama’s daughter....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- In a house with five people, everyone has different dreams. With a ten thousand dollar life insurance check on its way, which dream will come true. Due to so many different dreams and ideas, tensions are high in the Younger household. Everyone wants he money to go towards their dream. Along with the power to crush a dream, Mama has the power to choose whose dream will "dry up like a raisin in the sun" (Hughes 2-3). Mama has the power to choose if she will honor what her husband, Big Walter, wanted what she wants, and what is best for the family, or if she will choose her son, Walter Lee's, dream....   [tags: dream, walter lee]

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The American Dream in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- In my research paper I would talk about the themes of The American Dream, and choices and possibilities from the book A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and I will talk about the author. Playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun and was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout her life she was heavily involved in civil rights. She died at 34 of pancreatic cancer....   [tags: racism in chicago, class, ethnicity]

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Comparing Reality and Illusion in Glass Menagerie, Death of a Salesman, and A Raisin in the Sun

- Reality vs. Illusion in The Glass Menagerie, The Death of a Salesman, and A Raisin in the Sun       All three stories are centered on lower income families in urban settings. Each story has one main dreamer with other characters being in various states of reality. Amanda Wingfield, Willy Loman, and Walter Lee Younger are all living on pipe dreams. Amanda dreams of her days on the front porch surrounded by her gentleman callers. Willy is the all time king of pipe dreams bouncing from past to future with imagining how everything would have been different if he had gone to Alaska (or Africa) with his brother Ben or will be different when Howard makes him showroom salesman at the home...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Reading Act 1 Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- On April 4, 2014, I presented a lesson that focused on the assigned reading of Act I in Raisin in the Sun. The main goal of the class was to get students to use higher level thinking to analyze the text and find the themes and deeper meaning in the play. This reflection will focus on some of the strength and weaknesses of the lesson and my instruction. One of the main struggles within the lesson was how to effectively use time to cover all the goals of my plan. This lesson was challenged by the time constraints of having a 50-minute class period and a quiz that was taking 25 minutes of the class....   [tags: lesson, thinking, students]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Dream’s Recovered Everyone has dreams; everyone has goals they want to accomplish. Some know what it is instantly and some take time to realize what they want to do. But not everyone will achieve their dreams and some, because of sad circumstances lose their grip on their dream and fall into a state of disappointment. Langston Hughes poem relates to the dreams of Mama, Ruth, and Walter in Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun. Ruth has to listen to Walter’s extravagant dreams of being rich and powerful all the time and know that these dreams will never happen....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- One of the first ideas mentioned in this play, A Raisin In the Sun, is about money. The Younger's end up with no money because of Walter's obsession with it. When Walter decides not to take the extra money he is offered it helps prove Hansberry's theme. Her theme is that money can't buy happiness. This can be seen in Walter's actions throughout the play. While Mama is talking to Walter, she asks him why he always talks about money. "Mama: Oh--So now it's life. Money is life. Once upon a time freedom used to be life--now it's money....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Raisin in the Sun

- ... but not all of them are.there’s always the good people and the bad people in every race. When Mr.Linder came to visit them to tell them not to move in the house he mentioned how the white neighbors don’t want their neighborhood to be threatened (pg.850). Walter wants to use the money to buy a liquor store, but his mother wants to buy a house instead of living in a small/crowded apartment. when Mr.linder visits the family,he makes an offer with them to talk them out of the house but then the family kicks him out....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry, story analysis]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun – Seeking Dreams

- A Raisin in the Sun – Seeking Dreams In the fifties, many young couples sought to fulfill the American Dream: owning a home in the suburbs. While many families were able to save money easily and successfully fulfill their dreams, others were not so fortunate. The play "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry chronicles the story of an African American family as they seek their dreams and the trials they face in doing so. Adding deeper meaning to the play is the contrast between the apartment in which they currently live and their dream home: one representing oppression and the other freedom....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]

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The Crucible and A Raisin in the Sun

- ... Proctor redeems himself and provides a final accusation of the witch trials in his last act. When offered the opportunity to live, he almost agrees, even signing a written confession. Immediately after, his pride forces him to rip up the confession, for it is a lie. He still wants to save his name, but only for personal reasons. Proctor’s refusal to provide a false confession is an individual stand. His confession would dishonor those brave enough to die as testimony to the truth. By refusing to sign a lie, Proctor utterly proclaims his view that such integrity will bring him to heaven....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry, play analysis]

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Use of Imagery in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- Theatrical dramas breathe life into the words of a playwright by pulling together characters, setting, sound and imagery. Some playwrights provide a high level of detail to the setting so the reader or audience member can envision what the writer is trying to convey. However, writers also make use of imagery as a means to complement the setting, providing the reader with a deeper experience of the story. In the play “A Raisin in the Sun” Lorraine Hansberry uses imagery as a way to supplement the setting of a small apartment in Chicago by transforming an ordinary household plant into something that intertwines with the overall sense of hope and oppression felt throughout the play....   [tags: Writing, Setting, Play]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- The civil rights movement brought enlightenment towards the abolishment of segregation laws. Although the laws are gone does segregation still exist in fact. “What happens to a dream deferred, does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?'; said, in a poem by Langston Huges. The story, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry showed segregation and its affects upon all races. This essay will show how Assimilationists and New Negroes fought for their own identity in the mid twentieth century....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun - Money

- A Raisin in the Sun - Money Where money is but an illusion and all it brings are nothing but dreams, one family struggles to discover that wealth can be found in other forms. In the play "A Raisin in the Sun," Lorraine Hansberry uses the indirect characterization of the Younger family through their acquaintances to reveal that money and materialism alone are worthless. Living in a society where the fulfillment of dreams is based upon material wealth, the Younger family strives to overcome their hardships as they search for happiness....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]

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Character Analysis of Walter Lee Younger in A Raisin in the Sun by Hansberry

- ... Walter can be best described as a greedy, foolish, yet ambitious individual. At first, Walter is used to portray how the ambitious African American male succumbs to allowing success and money to lead to tearing of family ties. Walter's poor judgment makes him lose touch with his family and causes him to become a major burden on his entire family. Walter makes it very clear on how he feels about most women when he makes the 'smart' comment of, "We one group of men tied to a race of women with small minds." (Hansberry 34)....   [tags: ambition, greed, foolishness]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun Draws Parallels to Langston Hughes' Harlem

- Everyone wants their dreams to become a reality; however, the unfortunate reality is that more often than not, dreams are not achieved and become deferred. Langston Hughes let this theme ring throughout his poetic masterpiece “Harlem,” in which he posed many questions about what happens to these dreams. In “A Raisin In the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry draws so many indisputable parallels from “Harlem.” Hansberry consistently uses the dreams of Mama Younger, Big Walter, and Walter Lee to allude to Hughes poem....   [tags: dreams, inspiration, analyze]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun In A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry portrays obstacles that the Younger family and other African Americans had to face and over come during the post World War 2 era. Obstacles that had to be over come by the Youngers were economical, moral, social, and racist obstacles. Lorraine Hansberry, the author of the play had to face one of these as well growing up. Born in Chicago on the south side in an all black neighborhood, Lorraine Hansberry and her family had to deal with segregation....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Significance of Lena Younger’s Dream Plant in A Raisin in the Sun

- Lena Younger’s Plant of “Dreams” In the story A Raisin in the Sun Lena Younger cares for a small house plant. This plant represents dreams. Mama has dreams for her family to rise from poverty and live in a better and bigger place, and also for them to continue to grow together as a family. Mama wants to keep her dreams alive and keep her family close to her heart. Mama’s plant that she cares for represents this dream by “looking at her plant and spraying water on it” (52) in a small way showing she will try to keep her plant and their dreams alive....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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Parallel Themes in the Plays, The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun

- In the plays The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun, both tried to soak up the dreams they all had envisioned. The hardships of life and trying to get that dream can be a struggle. In both plays reality was a major factor of disrupting them from pushing towards it. In a Raisin in the Sun it was Prejudice and being black people. In The Glass Menagerie it was probably Laura the disabled sister and daughter. The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the sun are similar in ways of how they live and differences in generation....   [tags: Williams, Hansberry, compare, contrast]

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Happiness in Fences, by August Wilson, and A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansbury

- Imagine for a moment it is your big sister's 17th birthday. She is out with her friends celebrating, and your parents are at the mall with your little brother doing some last minute birthday shopping, leaving you home alone. You then hear a knock on the front door. When you getthere, nobody is there, just an anonymous note taped to the door that says Happy Birthday, along with a hundred dollar bill. You've been dying to get that new video game, and your sister will never know. You are faced with a tough decision, but not a very uncommon one....   [tags: Fences, A Raisin in the Sun]

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Putting Family First in The Raisin in the Sun

- ... Walter Lee and Willy Loman are a like because they both want to do good for their family. They want to give their children a life that neither one of them have never had before. Willy Loman was a salesman who use to go out on trips until he last one, because he nearly crashed several times. Since Willy no longer can go out on trips he decides to get a job in town. Before he starts the job his condition gets worse as time progresses. Once it’s time for Willy to go in to meet his new boss, he is happy and excited to start his new job, but then he gets bad news....   [tags: dreams, money, family, happiness]

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Family Struggles in a Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- “Raisin in the Sun”, by Lorraine Hansberry, gives insight into the lives of an African American family living in Chicago post World War II. They play revolves around the struggles of the family as a whole, as well as, of the struggles of the individual family members. The major villain at work in the drama is the society in which the family lives in. The society in which the Younger’s live brings them down before they even have the chance of following their dreams or becoming successful. The dreams of the family have been “deferred” and are now “drying up like a raisin[s] in the sun”....   [tags: Desperation, Frustration]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- The Younger family is an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. Walter Lee Younger’s father has passed away, leaving ten thousand dollars from life insurance. This drama deals with how the family copes with this money, their dreams, race, and each other. During the play, Mama says, “Sometimes you just have to know when to give up some things…and hold on to what you got.” This statement relates to Walter, Beneatha, and Mama’s lives, because they each learn to give up and hold onto things....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Dreams in A Raisin in the Sun

- Dreams in A Raisin in the Sun Lena, Walter, Ruth, and Beneatha Younger all lived under the same roof, but their dreams were all different. Being the head of the household, Lena dreamed the dreams of her children and would do whatever it took to make those dreams come true. Walter, Lena's oldest son, set his dream on the liquor store that he planned to invest with the money of his mother. Beneatha, in the other hand, wanted to become a doctor when she got out of college and Ruth, Walter's wife, wanted to be wealthy....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- We all have dreams as individuals, but what is the American dream. When I think about the American dream the image of a family comes to my mind. But is the picture perfect family in front their home really the American dream. It most certainty is not. My family is far from perfect; the Youngers are also far from perfect. A family of six in a two-bedroom apartment as Ruth puts it is “Hell”. Living in a four-bedroom house with six people can get a little cramped, I cannot imagine living in a two-bedroom apartment....   [tags: the American dream, story analysis]

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Comparing Soul Food and A Raisin in the Sun

- Comparing Soul Food and A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" and George Tillman's box-office hit Soul Food explore the hardships and trials of black family life, and through the characters, setting, and theme of both the story and the film, the issue of class and the search for community is discussed. The theme indicated in these stories is the search for community. Mama Younger wanted her family to come closer. The more she tried, the farther apart they became. During her struggle, she encountered many obstacles including her own son's beliefs, but she did not let them curve her appetite to gain higher status in society....   [tags: Papers]

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Literary Analysis of A Raisin in the Sun

- Walter Younger is the most hopeful character throughout the play, A Raisin in the Sun. He has hopes of providing for his family, even if his hopes may not be the best way to go about earning a living. Throughout the play he is always saying how he wants to provide a better life and home for his family. He is so focused on that goal that he fails to realize the impact of his dreams on the remainder of his family. Walter Younger possesses the traits of an African American man living in Chicago during the times of oppression wanting to live the American Dream....   [tags: oppression, happiness, money]

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Free Raisin in the Sun Essays: A Happy Ending

- A Happy Ending for A Raisin in the Sun   A Raisin in the Sun is about a black family stuggling through family and economic hardships. The story ended as the head of the family Walter took control, became a family man, and rejected an offer from a white businessman to stay out of a white neighborhood and to stay with all blacks. This offer disgusted the Younger family and hurt their black pride. I would like in my own words to continue this story as I see it fit to occur. Three changes I would make would be is Walter is forced to take action against segregation, the grandmother passing away, and how the blacks finally became accepted and began to enjoy and be prou...   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun – Mama

- A Raisin in the Sun – Mama Mama has dreams for her family to rise from poverty and live in a better and bigger place and also for them to continue to grow together as a family. Mama has a plant that she also cares for. She takes care of this plant as if it was one of her own children. Mama's children also have their own dreams and their own plans on how to attain those dreams. The family's competing dreams are emphasized by Hansberry's recurring use of the motif--Mama's plant. In the opening scene of the play Mama goes to her plant and nurtures it....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun is a classic tragedy. Through struggle the Younger’s all experience some hardship in learning the value of money and equality. I will have to say that the play was very interesting yet hard to watch. My first impression was that the stage was slanted. I’m still not sure why the stage was slanted and would love to ask the director of why it was slanted. Secondly, the actors were very hard to hear due to their soft speaking. From the play I received two major underlying messages....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Raisin in the Sun Character Analysis

- The play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry has many interesting characters. In my opinion, the most fascinating character is Ruth because of her many emotions and captivating personality. She goes through extreme emotions in the play such as happiness, sadness, anger, stress, and confusion. Ruth is very independent, firm, kind, witty, and loving. Ruth has an intriguing personality. She is very loving towards her family. She will do all in her power to improve the lifestyle of her family....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Raisin in the Sun and Modern American Families

- Many modern families need things; they are hard pressed to make ends meet. Fathers and mothers want to be able to provide a comfortable and privileged life for their children. Just as in real life, Hansberry portrayed the family interactions within the play A Raisin in the Sun with this in mind. The younger family represents any lower-class family in America, not just those of colored descent. Every family deals with in-laws. Whether far away, or in the same house, in-laws affect a family, even after they have passed....   [tags: lower-class, family, children]

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Dreams Deferred in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

- Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play, A Raisin in the Sun, culls its title from the infamous poem “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, and both works discuss what happens to a person when their dreams -- their hopes, their aspirations, their lives -- are endlessly put on hold. For this analysis of the dreams and character of Beneatha Younger in Raisin, I would like to pull on another dreamy poem of Langston Hughes’ entitled “Dream Boogie.” Like all the characters in the play, Beneatha has dreams that are dear to her, but their deferment does not cause them to dry up, fester, rot, crust, sag, or explode....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun Essays]

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A Raisin in the Sun vs. The Glass Menagerie

- A Raisin in the Sun vs. The Glass Menagerie      America is known around the world as the land of opportunity, a place where you can follow your dreams. No matter how selfish or farfetched ones dream may be, their goal will always be available. Whether it be the pursuit of the woman of your dreams, like that of Jay Gatsby, or the hunt for something pure and real, like Holden Caulfield. A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, and The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, exhibit the various types of American lifestyles and the aspiration that surface among each character....   [tags: Raisin Sun Glass Menagerie Essays]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- The above passage taken from the play A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry between Mama and her son Walter shows how the author can address many themes of the play in one scene or even just a few lines; She addresses such themes as dreams, prejudice, and family. Mama is the head of the household where she lives with her son Walter and wife Ruth with their son Travis along with Walter’s sister Beneatha or Bennie as some like to call her. The passage tells the reader that Mama went out and did something to destroy one of Walter’s dreams....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Raisin in the Sun Essay: Importance of Deferred Dreams

- Importance of Deferred Dreams in A Raisin in the Sun      A dream is a hope, a wish, and an aspiration. Young people have dreams about what they want to be when they grow up. Parents have dreams for their children's future. Not all of these dreams come true at the desired moment - these dreams are postponed or "deferred". A deferred dream is put on the "back burner of life"(Jemie 219), and it matures to its full potential, and is waiting when you are "ready to pursue it"(Jemie 219). It is assumed that the deferred event, though later than hoped for, will eventually come true....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]

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Walter Lee and Manhood in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- From dreams deferred to identity affirmed Lorraine Hansberry’s, “A Raisin in the Sun,” presents readers with many differing themes. The most prevalent and reoccurring theme is the effect money plays on society’s views of manhood and happiness. Readers are shown multiple characters with a diverse view on manhood. From Walter Lee with his matching societal views that a man should be able to provide whatever his family needs or wants to Lena whose views are a biased compilation of her late husband’s behavior and her own ideals, that a man should maintain his honor and protect his children’s dreams....   [tags: money, soceity, manhood, happiness, honor]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Lorraine Hansberry is the author of the play A Raisin in the Sun. This play is very significant because it was the first play written by a black playwright to win the Best Play of the Year Award. Another interesting point about the play is the title. The title A Raisin in the Sun also refers to Langston Hughes poem Harlem. In many ways Langston Hughes’ poem relates to Lorraine Hansberry’s play. In the play a family of black Americans have a chance to move ahead in the cruel prejudiced world....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Motherhood in The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun

- Motherhood in The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun I have read the two plays, "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams and "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry, both of have a big impact on me. The two plays circle around the family values that convey the character of motherhood where mothers have to have a responsibility to raise, to provide their best and to sacrifice for their children. In these two plays, even expressing differently, mothers all show love to their children; they all want their children to have a happy life....   [tags: Papers]

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Summary of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

- Story Map Title: A Raisin in the Sun Setting: Chicago’s South Side sometime between World War II and the 1950s. More specifically, the play centers on the five living relatives of the Younger family after the death of the father – “Big Walter Lee” Younger. The location in which the entirety of the drama unfolds is in the Younger’s compact, but increasingly uncom-fortable two-bedroom apartment (although in the 1961 screenplay some scenes took place in other settings). The situation they are in is compounded by the fact that the only bathroom available is also shared by all the other tenants in the building....   [tags: african americans, money, happiness]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- The play depicts the feelings and thoughts of the people of their time. Their feelings are different then what we see today in our lives. The family had to deal with poverty and racism. Not having enough money and always being put down because of the color of their skin held them back from having a lot of self-respect and dignity. I think that Mama was the one who had the most pride and held the family together. Ruth was being prevented from having a baby because of money problems, Walter was bringing him self down by trying to make the liquor store idea work....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- 	Society in the 1959 was full of racial discrimination. White and blacks were still living in their own "areas", the public as a whole was very slow to accept the concept of mixed neighborhoods – blacks and white living together. This book, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, tells the story of a lower-class black family’s struggle to gain middle –class acceptance in the Southside of Chicago. The Younger family of five, four adults and one child live in a cramped apartment in one of the poorer sections of town....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Free Raisin in the Sun Essays: Bad Dreams

- Bad Dreams in A Raisin in the Sun The issue of racism is one of the most significant themes in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Many black men have to deal with inherent racism. The frustrations that they deal with does not only affect them, but it also affects their families as well. When Walter Lee has a bad day he can't yell at his boss for fear of loosing his job Instead he takes it out on his family, mainly his wife Ruth. Walter is thirty-five years old and drives a limousine for a living....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]

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Comparing the Mothers in The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun

- Comparing the Mothers in The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun      The plays, The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun, deal with the love, honor, and respect of family. In The Glass Menagerie, Amanda, the caring but overbearing and over protective mother, wants to be taken care of, but in A Raisin in the Sun, Mama, as she is known, is the overseer of the family. The prospective of the plays identify that we have family members, like Amanda, as overprotective, or like Mama, as overseers....   [tags: compare contrast]

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A Raisin in the Sun

- Victor Hugo once said “There is nothing like dream to create the future”. In Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun, the Youngers, an African American family struggle against economic hardship and racial prejudice. The family of five, Mama, Walter, Beneatha, Ruth, and Travis, live in a run down apartment in the South Side of Chicago during the 1950s an era of great prosperity for most. They receives a life insurance check of ten thousand dollars after the passing of Walter Sr.. Each member of the family has his/her own plans for the money....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Lorraine Hansberry]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, one of the most important themes is the American Dream. Many of the characters in this play have hopes and aspirations; they all strive towards their goals throughout the play. However, many of the characters in the play have different dreams that clash with each other. Problems seem to arise when different people’s dreams conflict with one another; such as Walter’s versus Bennie’s, George’s versus Asagai’s, and the Clybourne Park versus the Younger’s....   [tags: Hansberry Raisin Sun Essays Papers]

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Analysis Of Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin Of The Sun

- ... That is to say, everyone in the Younger’s family give their personal beliefs in what should be done with the large amount of money. Mama; however, decides it would be best to use her husband’s money to invest in a comfortable home where every family member will have space to live in under the same roof. A place where they wouldn’t have to share a bedroom and bathroom with everyone like they have been in the apartment they have been living in for the past time. This woman desires to see her grandchildren have enough play area outdoors so they can invest most of their time in the dirt and provide a well formed garden....   [tags: Thought, Family, Mind, A Raisin in the Sun]

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Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

- Does money really bring happiness. This questions has been asked over and over throughout history yet there is no real answer for it. The only way to know is to learn from experiences. In Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun the characters are caught up in caring too much about money, and it effects them all in many different decisions that they make such as Ruth wanting to get an abortion, Mama buying them a house, and Walter investing in the liquor store. Ruth wanting to get an abortion shows that money has a big influence the character’s actions in the story....   [tags: Hansberry Raisin Sun]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin In The Sun "A Raisin in the Sun" was written by Lorraine Hansberry. It has won her an award in 1959, at age 29, the youngest American, the fifth woman, and the black playwright to win the Best Play of the Year Award of the New York Drama Critics. This book of the play has been put in its entire form. The original play did not include some scenes. This book has been an inspiration to a lot people. In my personal opinion, the central message is to show how the value systems of black families are....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' A Raisin Of The Sun '

- ... At another point in that scene, she also asks, “Honey, why can’t you stop fighting me?”. These quotes epitomize the fatigue that is central to Ruth’s character. Ruth has never had a dream because she is always supporting other people’s dreams. As a result, she feels that she is rather powerless and unimportant. One display of this helpless disposition comes when she discovers that she is pregnant with another child. She knows that it will be difficult to raise another child with the income they make and can’t decide how to act....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun, Family]

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Conflicts in an American Family in play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- Conflicts in an American Family in play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry The play “A Raisin in the Sun” illustrates three main conflicts in the younger family life; they are internal, social, and interpersonal. The conflicts in the story give insight as to who the characters are and what they really want out of life. Conflict is one of the underlying themes in the play, which was written by Lorraine Hansberry, it helps to tell the story and explain the situation that the Younger family is in....   [tags: Papers]

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Optimism or Pessimism in A Raisin in the Sun

- Optimism or Pessimism in A Raisin in the Sun “Is your glass haft empty or haft full?” This saying perfectly describes what optimism opposed to pessimism is. Some people always see their glass haft empty, others haft full. The majority of people see their glass haft full some days and on other days haft empty. Our outlook on life is intimately related to the situation we are in and whether or not we believe we can get through the hard times. In the play A raison in the sun certain characters are more optimistic than others....   [tags: Raisin Sun Play Analysis]

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Racial Disccrimination in a Raisin in the Sun

- The late 1950s was filled with racial discriminations. There was still sections living as well as public signs of Colored and Whites. Blacks and Whites were not for any change or at least not yet. A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, tells a story of a black family that is struggling to gain a middle class acceptance in Chicago. The family of five, one child and four adults live in a tiny apartment that is located in a very poor area. Dreams of owning a business and having money to accomplish goals is two key parts played out throughout the whole play....   [tags: Blacks, Whites, Race, America]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

- ... Beneatha was the last member of the family; she is in her twenties, and still trying to figure out her future. Beneatha wanted so much out of life; she wanted to become a doctor, but at a time when an African American doctor was unheard of. Unlike her brother, Beneatha had a fresh outlook on life; she did not yet have to endure the hardships of tending to a family. Education was Beneatha’s focus; she felt that being educated would help her overcome every obstacle. The family members that Hansberry portrayed were in all different stages of life with different values....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun, Family, Negro, Black people]

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Free Raisin in the Sun Essays: Pride and Dignity

- Pride and Dignity in A Raisin in the Sun "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry follows a black family's struggle to see their dreams through to fruition. These dreams, and the struggles necessary to attain them, are the focus of the play. As the play begins a husband, Walter, and wife, Ruth, are seen having a fight over Walter's dream to become a 'mover and shaker' in the business world by using an insurance check as a down payment on a business venture. Walter tells his wife that, "I'm trying to talk to you 'bout myself and all you can say is eat them eggs and go to work", which is the first sign of Walter's recurring feelings that if someone in the family would just listen to him...   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun]

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Analysis of Harlem (A Dream Deferred) and A Raisin in the Sun

- In Langston Hughes’ poem, the author gives us vivid examples of how dreams get lost in the weariness of everyday life. The author uses words like dry, fester, rot, and stink, to give us a picture of how something that was originally intended for good, could end up in defeat. Throughout the play, I was able to feel how each character seemed to have their dreams that fell apart as the story went on. I believe the central theme of the play has everything to do with the pain each character goes thru after losing control of the plans they had in mind....   [tags: Langston Hughes, poetry, Lorraine Hansberry]

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A Raisin in the Sun

- The movie “A Raisin in the Sun” is undoubtedly a cinema classic and a work of art worthy of unhindered praise. Not only is it a masterpiece for its entertainment purposes, but the movie’s ability to draw attention to the socio economic disadvantage the many black families faced at the time. Both the historical context of these afflictions and the discriminatory practices are demonstrated throughout the film. “A Raisin in the Sun” vividly captures the difficult life for African Americans of the time period, while rallying attention to the debilitating prejudice that abounds in regards to this particular racial group....   [tags: Movie. Film, Analysis, Cinema Classic]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun Throughout the play, A Raisin in the Sun, the character Beneatha talks about finding her identity. The concept of assimilation becomes very important to the Younger family. Neither of the members of the Younger family wanted to assimilate into mainstream America, they just want to live comfortably. The Youngers are an African American family living on the south side of Chicago in the 1950s. They were living during an era where America was extremely racist towards blacks. The Younger family was made up of Mama, the backbone of the family, her daughter Beneatha, her son Walter, his wife Ruth, and his son Travis....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Keeping the Family Together in A Raisin In The Sun

- Keeping the Family Together in A Raisin In The Sun      What a loving mother. Lena Younger, or Mama, is nurturing and supportive when it comes to raising and maintaining a family. Personally speaking, being nurturing means to love, care for, and show concern over someone. Analyzing Mama’s relationships with family members can show us her view on parenting and ultimately show us her devotion to her family. In A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, Mama is a nurturing mother who cares for and protects her family in her struggle to keep them unified....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry]

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Comparing the Plays, A Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman

- In history there have been an uncountable amount of plays made, but there have only been two that fully captured the American dream like A Raisin in the sun and Death of a Salesman. In both plays the protagonist is trying to achieve the American dream, but it is near impossible when neither of them has the respect of their superiors or the people around them. It is amazing that two different plays can so closely parallel each other when they have a time gap of over 10 years. Both Miller and Lorraine created a theme of achieving goals, Willy Loman just wanted to earn the respect of the people around him while Walter Younger wanted to get rich quick and support his family....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun, Death of a Salesman]

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Love and Sacrifice: Analysis of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

- Lauren Oliver once said, “I guess that’s just part of loving people: You have to give things up. Sometimes you even have to give them up” (Good Reads). This quote connects very well to the play, A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry. The quote conveys the message that if one loves someone, one must give things up. A Raisin in the Sun is about an African-American family living in the south side of Chicago in the 1950s. The Younger family is a lower-class family that has been struggling to make their dreams come true....   [tags: Walter Lee, Self Centered]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun - Dreams

- A Raisin in the Sun - Dreams Dreams The play A Raisin in the Sun demonstrates the hardships and successes of the members of a black family living in the south side of Chicago during the 50’s. For the Youngers, dreams are life. They are what bring the family together and pull it apart throughout the play. Each member of the family has a particular dream, and each of those dreams is like a wall being built between its owner and various other members of the family. Everyone’s dream straddles the line between selfishness and goodness for the family; however, some, like Walter’s, seem to be pulled more by the gravity of selfishness....   [tags: English Literature]

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Dreams Deferred in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

-      Lorraine Hansberry, the author of A Raisin in the Sun, supports the theme of her play from a montage of, A Dream Deferred, by Langston Hughes. Hughes asks, “What happens to a dream deferred?” He suggests many alternatives to answering the question. That it might “dry up like a raisin in the sun,” or “fester like a sore.” Yet the play maybe more closely related to Hughes final question of the poem, “Or does it explode?” The play is full of bombs that are explosions of emotion set off by the frustration of the Younger family, who are unable to grasp the possible reality of their dreams....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun Essays]

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Synopsis of A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- ... Beneatha tells Asagai the reason she wanted to become a doctor in the first place was because she saw a little boy, when she was younger, had his face split open and a doctor was like God and sewed the boy back up. She wanted to cure people the way she saw the doctor did for the boy. But now she stopped caring, “because it doesn’t seem deep enough, close enough to what ails mankind. It was a child’s way of seeing things... (3, 133)” After losing the money, Beneatha gives up on hope that she could become a doctor....   [tags: Family, Dreams, Novel]

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The Effects of Dreams and Desires in a Raisin in the Sun

- Throughout the play, the characters’ dreams reflect something they feel that is missing in life; Benetha’s lack of identity and Walter’s lack of authority being two major points in the play. Like the continuous flow of nonsense from a desperate student’s brain through fingertips and onto a badly constructed paper, what the characters are lacking in life inspire the dreams that eventually cause their actions. In A Raisin in the Sun, the main characters’ attainment of his or her respective dream continuously affect their individual actions....   [tags: script, drama, play]

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Dreams, Pride, and Loyalty: A Raisin in the Sun

- In Chicago, in the 1950’s, black families were confronted with many challenges, faced much racial prejudice, were typically poor, working-class families, and were not wanted in white communities. In A Raisin in the Sun, the Younger Family is different, they are poor, but they are able to overcome that fact and fulfill their dreams, despite the prejudice that comes with them. Because the Youngers have a strong sense of pride and loyalty their dreams are achieved by prevailing over their challenges and staying together through the end....   [tags: essays research papers]

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An African American Family Struggles with Racism in A Raisin in the Sun by by Lorraine Hansberry

- ... One perfect example of this in the book is when Walter is ridiculing George over his higher quality of thinking and more importantly in Walters view, his pearly white shoes. Another example from the real world is the Rothschild and Rockefeller families two of the world’s wealthiest families; they are at the pinnacle of the social status hierarchy. The Stock Market is another to measure the economy and to give it strength or plummet the market to start a global disaster; it dictates the rise and falls of the entire global economy....   [tags: economy, wealthy, society]

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A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin In The Sun Poverty doesn't have to effect the people's personalities that I consumes like most of the Youngers. Mama, Ruth, and Beneatha did not let being poor make them envy any one who had money. Walter on the other hand was sick of the way he and his family had to live. He was fed-up and was desperate to make money any way he could think of for his family. " You see, this little liquor store we got in mind cost seventy-five thousand and we figured the initial investment on the place be bout thirty thousand....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry]

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Love and Marriage Illustrated in Raisin in the Sun, A Doll's House and Is Love an Art

- In the late 1800’s through early 1900’s women and men were did not “tie the knot” like the women and men do in today’s day. In today’s world, women and men get married because they have many things in common, they are in love with each other, and they choose to get married to one another. In many stories written back then, readers can expect to read about how marriages were arranged and how many people were not having the wedded bliss marriage proclaims today. Take a look at Ruth and Walter in “Raisin of the Sun.” Ruth is portrayed as a quiet, thoughtful woman, who would do everything and anything for her family....   [tags: Raisin in the Sun, A Doll's House, Is Love an Art]

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