The play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry debuted on Broadway in 1959, and the movie was made in 2008. “A Raisin in the Sun” is about the Younger family, the fifth generation of lower-class African-Americans living in Chicago’s Southside. They are faced with problems such as racial discrimination, poverty, and conflicting dreams. As the family decides on how to spend the insurance check of $10,000 from Walter’s father’s death, these problems cause many conflicts to rise. Reading the 1959 play and the 2008 movie, I have realized certain similarities and differences in how the story plays out.
The primary feature of the Younger’s household is the furniture that once were possibly “selected with care and love and even hope—and brought to this apartment and arranged with taste and pride,” (Hansberry, 195) now worn down due to accommodating many bodies throughout the years. This pursuit to keep the family’s spirit alive comes from the most prominent, however occasionally hidden source of power in the Younger family, Lena Younger (Mama), Walter Lee and Beneatha’s mother, Ruth’s mother in law and Travis’s grandmother. She also has a small plant by the only source of daylight in the house, the small window of the kitchen, symbolizing hope, care and growth. The main issue of constant debate and discussion in these household is the $10,000 life insurance check that Mama receives upon her husband 's death.
Physically and mentally can be the end of people. Conditions at home can really mess them up. And not opening nor expressing your feelings makes think’s worse. Purple Hibiscus , was written by Chimanda Nguzi Adiche, and the main character of this story was kambili. A family of four lived in Africa,father was seeing as a goddess to the people.
A Raisin in the Sun PBA Unit 2 Cinematography and filmmaking are art forms completely open to interpretation in many ways such lighting, the camera as angles, tone, expressions, etc. By using cinematic techniques a filmmaker can make a film communicate to the viewer on different levels including emotional and social. Play writes include some stage direction and instruction regarding the visual aspect of the story. In this sense, the filmmaker has the strong basis for adapting a play to the big screen. “A Raisin in the Sun” is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959.
Langston Hughes once said, “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly”. What Langston Hughes is trying to convey is that a person who does not dream freely will be as impaired as a bird who cannot fly. In other words, this person will never reach his dream, let alone get from point A to point B. In Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, she attempts to tell readers the story of an African American family who similarly are having troubles fulfilling their dreams. Throughout the course of the play Hansberry utilizes historical facts alongside with personal opinion to convey to her readers the argument that people can still dream and hope despite their struggles.
Research shows that up to 70% of people who have gone through something traumatic, have shown positive psychological growth in their lives (Gregoire). Life after trauma can be hard to regain due to the instability we experience throughout that hard time in our lives. But having a strong, and satisfying relationship or relationships can help to bring people to peace in a slightly more uncomplicated way. This example of dealing with grief is brought to attention in Amy Tan’s novel, The Joy Luck Club. Due to the turbulent times in Shanghai, China, and then coming together in San Francisco, California, these four women and their daughters rely on each other to get through it all.
In the novel A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry brings in multiple characters for brief periods. Each character impacts the story in his or her own specific way. In Hansberry’s realistic fiction novel, she allows the reader to experience what it is like to live in a time period where African Americans and Whites are not considered equals. She gives in depth scenarios, showing what it is truly like to be an African American in Chicago during the 1950’s. The characters in the story experience a multitude of issues involving society, culture, and family.
Storytelling has been a part of people's’ lives since the beginning of time. It started with just verbal communication, then it was translated into written word, and now there hundreds of ways to tell those same stories. Movies and books, for example, are two very different ways to tell stories to an audience. A story can be a book, but not a movie or vice versa. Many books are made into movies, but lose major elements in translation.
Since GC is about to start finals, I wanted to focus on the topic of education in the United States. At this point, a lot of students are suffering from the stress involved with finals, and this stress really impacts each student in specific ways. Some people cry while studying, while others become angry trying to relearn all of the material from the semester. These intense feelings tend to make students hate the education involved with college, and they only stay at college for the hope of obtaining a better job in the future. This viewpoint on education can actually be witnessed in “Raisin in the Sun.”
Saad Moolla Ms. Noha Enligh III 15 January 2015 Literary Analysis Essay The play, “ A Raisin in the Sun” authored by Lourraine Hasenberry holds a very unique title that refers to Langston Hughes’s poem “A Dream Deferred.” Langston’s poem is about dreams and what happens to those dreams are not fulfilled. Hassenberry wrote her play about a poor African American family by the name of the Yongers. Mrs. Younger, Walter Lee, and Beneatha all have there own individual dreams.
The scientific community today still have not found a reason as to why people dream. To many, dreams have been a mystery since the beginning of time because they have the ability to impact someone's life socially and mentally. In Lorraine Hansberry's novel, A Raisin in the Sun and John Steinbeck’s film, Of Mice and Men, both deal with characters who struggle to pursue their dreams. Fulfilling a dream has the ability to save or destroy someone's life which is why the characters face challenges while trying to achieve them. It either satisfies the family or himself.