Hansberry wrote a private play to bring the audience into a close relationship with the family, including flaws and all. It improves the audience’s impression of black people. Hansberry kept their drama to themselves to let the audience know that Blacks had an exclusive world that they only share. Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun to tell the story on how it was to be Black in the 50’s and how they dealt with the discrimination, segregation, and
A Raisin in the Sun depicts the struggles imposed upon the members of the Younger family in the 1950’s in the United States of America during a time of racial discrimination. Lorraine Hansberry reveals through each character individually, and together as a family, how race and gender have contributed to the situation this black family are in as well as the hardships they face while trying to gain respectability in their society as well as in their home. The play shows strong views of gender and how the Younger family members each have a different opinion in regards to gender roles and what it means to be a man or a woman.
“The ways in which the characters in Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A raisin in the sun, are affected by racial imbalances and respond to the injustices engendered by such inequities are solely influenced by their gender.” I agree with this statement to an extent. Although it is correct that gender plays a big role in this play, there are other factors to consider. Context:
One of these flaws is equal rights. African Americans are having difficulties obtaining their own spot. “[Hansberry brings] local, individual struggles of African Americans—against segregation, ghettoization, and capitalist exploitation—to the national stage. (Gordon, 121 and 122)” The play first points out segregation.
“A Raisin in the Sun,” written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1959, was the first play ever produced on Broadway by an African-American woman and was considered ground-breaking for it’s time. Titled after Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem,” sometimes known as “A Dream Deferred,” the play and the subsequent film adaptations are honest examinations of race, family, poverty, discrimination, oppression and even abortion in urban Chicago after WWII. The original play was met with critical praise, including a review by Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times where he wrote, “For A Raisin in the Sun is a play about human beings who want, on the one hand, to preserve their family pride and, on the other hand, to break out of the poverty that seems to be their fate. Not having any axe to grind, Miss Hansberry has a wide range of topics to write about-some of them hilarious, some of them painful in the extreme.” The original screen adaptation released in 1961 was highly acclaimed in its own right, and was chosen in 2005 for preservation in the United States of America National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for its cultural and historical significance.
Faulkner describes black people by a derogatory term “negro” to emphasize the main issue of the southern mentality. However, author pays the equal attention to gender inequality. Starting from the very beginning Faulkner describes Emily’s unquestionable obedience towards the constraints that her father put on her life. Emily is the symbol of old American south, yet her character has a lot in common with women of younger generation “Only a man of Colonel Satoris’s generation could have invented it and only a women could have believed it” (Faulkner), it is not women’s competence to think by themselves; the statement that Faulkner wants make in this part is that men are superior gender.
Both texts present a protagonist who is victims of racial prejudice in the 1940’s due to society attitude and systemic racism to arouse sympathy. Marian in “The Test” and Boyd in “After You, My Dear Alphonse” were both subjected to unfair treatment by the white ‘dominant’ race based on their heritage, African American. Similarly, the characters are constructed to be conscious of their positions in the society. Marian and Boyd refers to people who are ‘superior’ to them as ‘sir’, ‘ma’am’ and ‘Mrs’ or ‘Mr’, which displays respect. Likewise, they are both constructed as capable and well educated as Marian have a college degree and Boyd’s father is a foreman and his sister is a becoming a teacher, therefore they are educated.
In A Raisin in the Sun, a play written by Lorraine Hansberry, the audience was able to obtain a sense of the struggle for the American dream. We are introduced to the Youngerś a black family living in the Southside of Chicago around the 1950’s. Each member of this family has their own meaning to what is the American dream. A Raisin in the Sun teaches us that even though life might be full of conflicts, it is important to not give up on our dreams.
13) In a journal, explain what you think the themes of the play are - in other words, what lessons can the play teach us about ourselves, our lives, our society, our justice system, etc. In Twelve Angry Men, there are several crucial themes that correlate to our real lives. Foremostly, race was a substantially evident theme in the play. Specifically Juror Ten, he would innovate prejudiced reflections against the defendant who grew up in the slums such as claiming that “‘They breed like animals.
Moving on to our main examples: racism, sexism, queer-phobia. What do all three have in common? They are all manifestations of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination against different groups. All three of these groups face one form or another of oppression and discrimination in modern American culture. However, the similarity goes one step further: their root.
Often times today, people of other racial classes and ethnic groups are experiencing oppression as a marginalized group in society today. Racial biases and culture have become an important issue in mental health due to social constructs, racial stereotypes and racial ideology. As a result, they tend to have an impact human development, racial and cultural identity. Therefore, it has become necessary for counselors to indentify and become fully aware and competent in this area due to the changes our society has undergone in multiculturalism and globalization. Due to cultural diversity, identification of minority groups has led to major breakthrough in the field of multicultural counseling/ therapy (Sue &Sue,2014).
“Her poetry is a record of a Negro’s survival in our white culture” says Lynn Matson. It is also important to remember to her detractors that Phillis Wheatley, even though raised in far better conditions than her fellows, still was a black slave in a time where she could have known great prejudices or death if she spoke up. It is unfair from the author to say that “It will be impossible to make her Black.” Because even though Wheatley had the chance to know education over harsh treatment, she had been, like her brothers and sisters, brought in extremely terrible conditions to America. By saying this, the author is denigrating Wheatley’s suffering, that probably
Mary grows to be just as beautiful as her mother, Clotel, but suffers from the same circumstances of lineage: “...when she looked at her beloved Mary, and reflected upon the unavoidable and dangerous position which the tyranny of society had awarded her, her soul was filled with anguish” (Brown, Clotel). Clotel knew that her beauty could afford her only so much salvation from her African-American ancestry. Horatio, Mary’s father, enslaves his own beloved daughter out of ambition and deference to his white wife. Again, even a fractional lack of whiteness could allow a man to enslave his own child-- who was likely as much a pure white as he
According to (Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian); author of “Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression: The Role of Allies as Agents of Change”; many of us feel overwhelmed when we consider the many forms of systemic oppression that are so pervasive in American society today. We become immobilized, uncertain about what actions we can take to interrupt the cycle of oppression and violence that intrude on our everyday lives. According to (Merriam Webster); oppression, is treating someone unjustly; or cruelly exercising authority or power; weighing down body and mind (www.merriam-webster.com). The concept of oppression examines the “isim’s); racism, sexism, heterosexism, and class privilege as interlocking systems of oppression that ensues advantages for some and diminished opportunities for others; (p. 02/03).