Compare And Contrast The Movie A Raisin In The Sun

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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. Both versions of A Raisin in the Sun are parallel in that the unique relationships between the characters and the vibrant personalities of each character are portrayed similarly. The elements of the plot structure – the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution - were also remained constant in both versions of A Raisin in the Sun. In both the play and the movie, we can see that the unique relationships between the communications between characters are portrayed in similar tones and body languages. They argue about the same things and resolve their problems in similar ways. For example, when Beneatha and Walter’s conflicting dreams are threatened by how a sum of money would be spent – Walter wants to be a business man and thus use the insurance money to invest in a liquor store, while Beneatha hope that the money would be put into the bank for her studies

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