Alice Walker exposes real life examples of controversial topics to teach readers about what actually occurred during these one hundred years. From growing up as a timid black woman in the middle of the 20th century, contributes with a time period full of racism and sexism together to form Alice Walker’s views on life in her brilliant, eye-opening
Inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem, “Harlem” and her own experience, Lorraine Hansberry authored A Raisin in the Sun. Hansberry used the locale of South Side, Chicago where she was born during a time of social and political turmoil as the backdrop to her play. Through the lens of Marxist’s critical theory about contradictions building into social systems that lead to social revolution, Hansberry depicts issues related to racism and discrimination. Hansberry’s father was a successful real estate agent, but despite her family’s wealth, the law of Chicago required the Hansberry family to live in the ghetto South Side. Similar to the plot of the play, Hansberry’s father bought a home in a Caucasian neighborhood and after the family settled into their new home, a brick was thrown through the window almost hitting Hansberry (Plays and Playwrights, 1540).
This is because of its significant contribution to society due to it introducing a slave narrative from the view point of a female, and for its impact on American society. Jacobs’ conscious artistry is another reason her story has become an essential literary work. Jacobs purposely confronted the taboo subject of sexual misconduct by slave owners in order to make an impact on her readers. She then spoke to her female readers directly in order to gain their empathy for female slaves. This combination of literary significance and purposeful writing has made Harriet Jacobs a memorable literary figure whose work still resonates over a 150 years since it was originally
After years of suffering from persecution, discrimination, and institutionalized racism due to Jim Crow laws, black people all around America engaged in a social and cultural movement entitled ‘The Harlem Renaissance.’ Author Zora Neale Hurston wrote the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, about the Harlem Renaissance while promoting feminist ideas. Although the Harlem Renaissance was a social and cultural movement, the Harlem Renaissance still promoted traditional gender roles for women, which is reflected by Nanny’s wishes for Janie and departs with Janie’s want of freedom. In the Harlem Renaissance, women were not as respected as men, especially in the arts. Looking in retrospect, many critics highly value women of color’s writing during the Harlem Renaissance because most modern critics are not phased by race or sex. Cheryl A.
“Raisin in the sun” by Lorraine Hansberry according to Dreams Deterred: A Study of Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun is the first African American novel played by Broadway (Al-Duleimy). In this novel Lorraine Hansberry write about the dreams of a colored family, and the difficulties of each member of this family to realize their dreams. “What is so interesting is that these dreams are deferred and finally deterred, because simply they are built on the wrong premises” (Al-Duleimy, 538). Each of family member based their dreams with materialism. Lorraine criticizes the discriminatory and racial climate in America in the 1950s.The novel takes the place in a small neighborhood in Chicago.
In The Bluest Eye, written by Toni Morrison is about a young African American girl named Pecola, and a time were many people grew up with racism and many difficulties during the 1940’s because they were African American. Throughout the novel, it demonstrates that white societies have a better living, and higher beauty standard in which the media illustrates through television and books. This causes many conflicts towards African Americans because they are unable to find the true meaning of beauty. The author Toni Morrison, stresses plot, setting, characterization, or theme when writing a work of fiction like The Bluest Eye. In the novel The Bluest Eye, defining beauty affects many characters’ and supports the theme seen throughout the novel because it reflects their self-esteem due to the media’s perception of beauty.
Jazz, is a love story, a kind of Black romance, which was the result of Toni Morrison’s sudden interest in the photo of an 18 year old girl who died while dancing at a rent party. She was shot by her ex-boy friend. Jazz recounts the days of the Harlem Renaissance. Harlem a township near New York had become a center of African-American First World War years. Almost half a century after the Bill of Emancipation (1865), the blacks realized that their freedom without economic opportunity was a sick joke.
The intended audience in The Bluest Eyes by Tori Morrison was to anyone who can hear her characters’ voice; that, whereas they are fictional, they reflect the society Morrison lived in. The novel has made an impact on racial beauty and what females go through due to her effort to demonstrate the implications of racial self-loathing, and this thesis has essentially originated from her friend wanting blue eyes. Morrison repulsed at the thought, and thus the racial infused attitude for the next twenty years has conformed into this novel. From a broad sense, The Bluest Eyes certainly has numerous main ideas. However, if you take the time to be more keen and deceptive by inspecting it, you can see that the main ideas are limned by the structure of the novel.
In King’s speech he says, “We have come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice” (King). This section in his speech is similar to Lena Younger’s action of cashing in her insurance check to put a down payment on a house for her family. Mama, “She went out and she bought you a house”(Hansberry 91). Cashing in the check shows that this check of reality will give African Americans an opportunity for freedom and justice especially since the Younger family is the only African American family in the Clybourne Community. Along, with a want for a better life there is a sense of hope both in King’s speech and Hansberry’s play.
Though each play was created nearly 40 years apart, much of the same anguish African Americans experienced in 1920 when Rachel was written prevailed through to 1959 when Hansberry released A Raisin in the Sun. Angelina Weld Grimke’s Rachel tells a story of a young woman who was so horrified and overtaken by racism that she vowed to never bring children into the world. Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun depicts a Black family who is conflicted in which direction they should go after receiving a lump sum of money following the family patriarch’s death. The mother and sister would like to purchase a new home to fulfill the dream of deceased father and expand for future generations while the remaining siblings would like to invest in a liquor store and their tuition for medical school. Lorraine Hansberry’s role in Black theatre is one of giving insight to