Walter says, “Who the hell told you you had to be a doctor? If you so crazy ’bout messing ’round with sick people—then go be a nurse like other women—or just get married and be quiet...” (Act 1, Scene 1). Women in the 1950s were not expected to work; their duty was to do housework and raise children. Additionally, regardless of race, doctors were a male-dominant profession, which limited and prevented her from achieving her American Dream. Beneatha also was not “fulfilling her job as a woman” by not considering marriage; she does not plan to engage with George Murchison.
Furthermore, Walter says, “… I’m thirty-five years old; I been married eleven years and I got a boy who sleeps in the living room—(Very, very quietly)—and all I got to give him is stories about how rich white people live …” (Hansberry 170-171). This quote shows that the current house they are if far too small to house a family of five. Travis has to sleep on the couch in the living room; moreover, he does not have the banal necessity of his own bedroom like most other children. The younger family is taking
The third reason is sometimes we feel lost and hopeless. For Ruth she found she was carrying another baby and didn 't know what to do because she knew she couldn 't afford it and was thinking about abortion, but in the end she kept it because Mama ended up finding them a house in alot better of conditions.That example can relate to us because to us because sometimes we feel like we sometimes we lose everything and feel like
Beneatha has high aspirations in life and is the character that most expresses her struggles with feminism. She defies the ideal life for a woman and expresses her opinion loud and clear. Beneatha throughout the play finds herself and her African American roots. Walter does not approve of Beneatha’s hopes to become a doctor he tells her, “If you so crazy ‘bout messing ‘round with sick people---then go be a nurse like other women---or just get married and be quiet. .
Walter Lee and her family disapproved of her becoming a doctor as it was not so common for women at the time to be doctors, Walter’s disapproval was reflected heavily when he says “Who the hell told you you had to be a doctor? If you so crazy ‘bout messing ‘round with sick people- then go be a nurse like other women- or just get married and be quiet…” (Hansberry 38) Hansberry shows with this line what the perception of women was back in the 1950’s , and how it was almost impossible for young black women to achieve their dreams, but Beneatha wanted to pursue her dream whether her education was paid by Mama’s money or not. At the end of the play when she finds out the Walter Lee lost all the money that was supposed to be saved for her future medical education. She finds herself deeply disappointed as well as sad at the fact that Walter might’ve cost her, a lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. She felt like giving up on her dream until Asagai makes her realize that her brother losing the money was just an excuse for her to no longer pursue her dream when he tells her “Your brother made a mistake and you are grateful to him so that now you can give up the ailing human race on account of it!
The setting of the Raisin in the Sun is the ghetto of Chicago, where most black families lived and most of these black families had dreams of moving to a better neighbourhood, because of crime, but the housing industry causes segregated housing and manipulates communities with white fears of black integration. When Lorraine Hansberry was a child, her family also experienced the results of a government unconcerned with blacks leaving segregation. Lorraine used her play to tell people about her own struggle with racism, her play shows us that her problems were handled with determination. Linder speaks to the Younger family and offers them money to buy their house, because they, the white people feel that a community should share a common background and that negro families are happier when they live in their own communities. This is an example of how the Younger family has experienced racism, while it is true that people with the same background will be happier together, it is also their right to live where they feel they are progressing.
This matter is rather forced on Mama as all other housing options were two times more expensive because of the segregationist ideas withheld in Chicago then, “[d]iscriminations trapped Blacks in ghettoes and provided no opportunity for them to escape from them. And whenever one tried to run to a white neighborhood, they were attacked by whites and even law” (Nowrouzi, Faghfori and Zohdi 4). “The literal home that Mama Younger purchases in Clybourne Park mirrors her family’s various psycho-social struggles to attain, secure, and define a sense of place, or “home,” in the face of systemic socio-economic racism in Southside Chicago” (Matthews 3). Mama, blinded like the others in pursuit of her dream, ignores the implications of such a move, but their collective decision to move in anyways in the end shows them to be agitators, making a spectacle in order to make a point to potentially make their lives and other African-American lives
Almost tripping over my own words I told them, “Police here, someone has a gun, hide in the backroom.” We all met in the farthest room from the front which was the room my brother and I shared. My got in the bottom bed of our bunk bed and James my mother and I sat on the floor. Once a few moments had past and I was able to catch my breath my mother
When the reality is some of the worst events happen in private. When I was a young child, I was the only girl living with my family of six in a quaint single-wide trailer. It was so small, I could stand in the kitchen and see my parents room, which was on the other end of the trailer. It did have two bedrooms, but it made more sense for the boys to share a room, with there being three of them, and my parents used the other one. I did not have a bed, so I would sleep on the couch in the living room when it was time to lay my head down for the night.
This is best shown through the working lives of the family. Out of a family of five, three people work: Walter Lee as a chauffeur to a wealthy white family, Ruth as a housemaid, and Mama as a nanny to other peoples children. This is clearly necessary to afford basic needs as shown in their apartment, with “weariness [having], in fact won” (Hansberry pg.23). It is clear in Hansberry’s characterization that the members of the Younger family are dissatisfied with their station in life, albeit to varying degrees; Walter Lee in particular is very vocal regarding their poverty, as he states at one point: “I got boy who sleeps in the living room- and all I got to tell him is stories about how rich white people