In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry, Ruth and Walter influence the plot the most. Throughout the play, Walter and Ruth argue an abundant amount of times about things that causes conflict between the characters Walter is an African American male who works as a chauffeur, and he lives with his mother, his sister, and his wife and son. Walter is a very rude and bitter person towards the other characters in the play. He wants to use his father’s insurance money to start a liquor business so he can help support his family, but everybody thinks it’s a bad idea. Since nobody thinks it is a good idea, Walter ends up being harsh towards everybody else. In the play, in Act II, Scene I, Walter says, “No he don’t! Excuse me for what? What you always excusing me for! I’ll excuse myself when I needs to be excused! They look as funny as them black knee socks …show more content…
I listen to you every day, every night and every morning, and you never say nothing new.” Walter keeps trying to talk to Ruth about things with the liquor business, but she does not care which causes problems between them. Married couples are supposed to talk about their problems with each other, but Ruth and Walter do not which is one of the reasons why they are always fighting. When Ruth and Walter are arguing about things, Ruth gives up and usually just lets Walter win the argument. In the play, it says, “(She raises her head and stares at him vigorously-than says more quietly)” When Ruth lets Walter win the arguments, he thinks he is right, even though most of the time he isn’t so than with him thinking he is always right, they argue more because Ruth knows he isn’t. In conclusion, Ruth and Walter are the characters who influence the plot the most because they are always arguing and complaining to each other. Ruth and Walter are a married couple and disagree about things which causes conflict between the
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The Youngers refuse the offer and, at the end of the book, end up moving into the white neighborhood. Despite the challenges they face, many associated with racism, the Younger family manages to keep their pride and persevere. Another very prominent theme in Raisin in the Sun was family. Family is what seems to influence many of the Youngers’ decisions in this story. Some examples of this include when Ruth was willing to get rid of her baby so she can care for the family (page 75), when Walter tells Mr. Linder that the Youngers will be moving into the neighborhood (page 148), and when Mama decides to put some money aside for Walter and Beneatha (pages 106-107).
During the conversation between Ruth and Walter in this version about investing money in the liquor store, they were angry at each other but they were also friendly to each other so it looked more romantic that major conflict or hate. So in 1961 version both Ruth and Walter were yelling at each other just like how it is described in the play but the 2008 version doesn’t show hate towards each other as the book
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.
In the play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, there are many examples of sexism throughout its entirety. The character, Walter, demonstrates the acts of a sexist human being. Walter is sexist to not only women in general, but to the women in his family. Not taking into consideration of other people’s sayings and their feelings, Walter generally only thinks about himself, says what he believes, and truly only cares about money. Walter constantly is fighting with all of the women in the family as well.
Reader Response: 3 “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, is a play about a black families experience in 1950s South Side Chicago. The story revolves around what happens to the family when Lena Younger, the matriarch of the family, receives a ten thousand dollar life insurance check upon the death of her husband. Everyone from the family has different plans for what they want to do with the money. Lena Younger serves as the head of the family. She is Walter and Beneatha’s caring mother so they and Ruth call her Mama.
The author, Lorraine Hansberry, puts in different characters to help display these themes and the correlation between money and how it affects people. In A Raisin in the Sun, there is a connection between pride and money with more than one character. She puts these specific characters in to display the themes clearly. Lorraine Hansberry puts Walter in the beginning of the story as very pride driven, never wanting to show his son or family their financial struggles. He is a hard worker, but being a chauffeur for a rich white man is difficult for him and his pride and further into the play takes a toll on his attitude, ambitions and family’s future.
Family is important to everyone in some way because family sticks together no matter what. The play A Raisin in the Sun is about a black family named the Youngers and the hardships they face together as a family. In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Ruth Younger is motivated by her family. This is shown by Ruth wanting to make her family happy, her working even though she is tired, and later when Ruth finds out there is going to be another mouth to feed. Ruth Younger is constantly worrying about her family’s well being and happiness for them.
Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun presents the rise of feminism in America in the 1960s. A Raisin in the Sun is feminist because, with the feminist notions displayed in the play, women establish their rights to fulfil their individual dreams which diverge from traditional conventions of that time. Beneatha Younger, Lena Younger (Mama) and Ruth Younger are the three primary characters displaying evidences of feminism in the play. Moreover, Hansberry creates male characters who demonstrate oppressive attitudes towards women yet enhance the feminist ideology in the play. A Raisin in the Sun is feminist because, the play encourages women to develop an identity for themselves, particularly through education and career.
A Raisin in the Sun addresses major social issues such as racism and feminism which were common in the twentieth century. The author, Lorraine Hansberry, was the first playwright to produce a play that portrayed problematic social issues. Racism and gender equality are heavily addressed throughout the play. Even though we still have these issues today, in the 1950’s and 60’s the issues had a greater part in society. Racism and gender have always been an issue in society, A Raisin in the Sun is an important piece of American history during that time period.
In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter and Ruth have a personality that correlates to the traditional gender expectation. Walter has an abrupt nature, while Ruth is demure and quiet; the temperament of the two characters corresponds to a man expectation to be dominant and superior to women. Walter comments, “Don’t call it that. See there, that just goes to show you what women understand about the world. Baby, don’t nothing happen for you in this world ’less you pay somebody off!”
Especially towards his family. “Oh, Walter…(Softly) Honey, why can’t you stop fighting me? WALTER (Without thinking) - Who’s fighting you? Who even cares about you?” Walter was also very stressed and angry about his current situation.
Walter often storms off after an argument or a conversation that did not go this way, and it is in this time that he hurts the most over the family’s financial situation and over the way that nobody else understands his position and his reasoning behind his actions. The segregation during the 1950s
Walter was introduced as a man who cared about nothing other than his business. He had sacrificed his sister’s dream of becoming a doctor, and held the power to wipe out Mama’s dream for a better home. Walter sees the gender roles as boundaries keeping him from loosening up to his family. He is given the insight that men must be powerful, wealthy, and demanding for them to truly be the head of the household. However, Walter sees past these gender roles, and not only challenges these rigid roles, but he also regains his family’s trust along the
Just within the recent decades, men and women started to fight against the gender stereotypes and started to challenge their roles in a family and in the society. The play, A Raisin in the Sun, portrays the lives of African–Americans during the 1950s. Lorraine Hansberry, a writer and a social activist, reinforced the traditional gender roles, especially female’s, by depicting how the Youngers interact and how they act in an economical struggle. Throughout the play, A Raisin in the Sun, she uses Walter Lee Younger, Ruth Younger and Lena Younger to reinforce the traditional role of fathers, wives and mothers within a family.