To begin, Hansberry uses Lena Younger(Mama) as one of the characters who had a negative effect from her dream being deferred or put off. Mama is the mother of Beneatha and Walter Younger and widow to Walter Sr. Her dream was she wanted to build a happy family and believes one step toward this goal is to own a bigger and better place to live. But is put off when her husband dies and he leaves behind a 10,000$ check behind of his life earnings. Upon learning that her husband was the key to her dream and when he dies so does her dream Mama first realizes that her dream had died.
A Raisin in the Sun portrays a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. When the play opens, the Youngers are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. This money comes from the late Mr. Younger’s life insurance policy. Each of the adult members of the family has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. Mama, wants to buy a house to fulfill a dream she shared with her husband.
Throughout the novel Toni Morrison takes us on Pecola 's journey to self-destruction because she lives in world that doesn 't find her beautiful or even worth to be looked at. The novel tells not only the story of Pecola but the story of the whole black community that unable to conform to white standards of beauty are condemned to sink into a pit of darkness. In this paper I will discuss how beauty is constructed in The Bluest Eye. Beauty is one of the main topics in The Bluest Eye and its importance relies on the fact that this is a novel about finding self-identity, but most of the characters from the novel search for their own identity in others. They value beauty over other things such as intelligence because they live in a society in which beauty is constructed in a way that they associate it with being loved and approved by others and as I just said they establish their self-worth based on how others perceive them.
Introduction Lorraine Hansberry creates one of the most honest images of the black family, during a period when mainly the presence of black audience does not exist. Before the play “A Raisin in the Sun”, the American stage was filled with small and comedic roles of African-American, mostly engaged racism stereotypes. However, Hansberry represents black family as a realistic light, and that description is critical and far away from comedic roles. She uses the concept of black vernacular and raises relevant issues and clashes specifically race identity of African-American, poverty, socio economic class, power dynamics, social class and discrimination. Lorraine Hansberry play “A Raisin in The Sun” investigates the extreme tension in between black and white society and stress in black community regarding how should react during the
Lena is a very strong role in the book, A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry. A Raisin in the Sun is a book about a black family trying to decide about what to do with ten thousand dollars. The family debate and fight lot about the money, it is tearing them apart. They are straining to stay together as one big happy family. Lena is a strong, leader, and compassionate person because she helps the family to stay together.
Each family member has his or her own idea as to how the money should be spent. Lena, also known as Mama, wants to buy a house in a white neighborhood; her son Walter wants to invest in a liquor store; and her daughter Beneatha wants to go to medical school. In Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, gender roles are revealed through the evolving characters inside the Younger family. The play represents strong female characters: the time-honored Mama, the supportive Ruth, and the reformist Beneatha. In The Roof of a Southern Home: A Reimagined and Usable South in Lorraine Hansberry 's a Raisin in the Sun William Murray writes, “Mama is a convincing spokesperson for the family’s Southern history, in large part, because she was familiar and seemed real to audiences while managing to avoid the dominant stereotypes that permeated the culture” (283).
One of the main protagonists, Mama, is telling her son the reasons for what she did to help her family’s struggle. She says, “When it gets like that in life-you just got to do something different, push on out and do something bigger....” (588). The character Mama gets a check from the insurance company for $10,000 dollars due to her husband’s death and she doesn't know what to do with it. In the play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Mama is motivated to/by the chance to get her family a house. This is seen by the actions she takes to get to her goal, statements she makes towards her family members, and how she responds to her family when they are troubled.
Poems are tools used to demonstrate dissatisfaction. The play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry leads by foreshadowing its theme of crushed dreams by starting with the poem A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes. The play follows an African-American family in 1950s Chicago, consisting of protagonist Walter Lee Younger, his son Travis, his wife and Travis’ mother Ruth, sister Beneatha, and mother/grandmother Lena, called simply “Mama” in the play. Walter is ambitious and wants to move out of his small and run-down home and find a better job than a chauffeur for the kind of man he wishes he could be. Desperate to fulfill this dream, he takes $6,500 of his mother’s insurance money that she obtains shortly beforehand following the death of Walter Sr. and strikes a deal with two friends of his to purchase a liquor store.
The play “Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, is a powerful play that displays what it like is to have dreams deferred. Hansberry extracted her title from a well-known poem called “Harlem” by Langston Hughes. “Harlem” serves as an epigraph for the play and Hansberry’s play does an excellent job expressing the poem’s themes. The play provokes feelings of suspense and drama as we watch the character’s endeavors, only to be crushed by the very same thing that they yearn for. My analysis of the play and the poem proves that Hansberry’s play was able to capture and manifest the themes of the poem
In the domestic tragedy play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, describes how a family is dealing with financial expenses. The expenses are outrageous because Lena, also known as Mama, has a daughter named Beneatha and attends medical school while the family is paying for the house. The family wants to move into a nicer house, and they work hard to get there. Mama is expecting a ten thousand dollar check inherited by her husband that had died. The father, Walter, wants to buy a liquor store and to finally be in control, but the wife, Ruth, and, Mama, do not want him to.
“Lizzie Borden took an axe, And gave her mother forty whacks, When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one” (Linder). Lizzie Borden, daughter of Andrew and Sarah Borden, was born on July 19, 1860 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Her older sister Emma Borden was born on March 1, 1851. They lived a happy and normal life until the unexpected death of their mother, Sarah Borden. Three years later Andrew Borden was remarried to Abby Durfee Gray.
T.D. Jakes is Expecting...Another Grandchild Sarah Jakes Roberts is expecting a child with her husband Toure Roberts. The two are excited, as are the grandparents. Things have been looking up for the young Roberts who not long ago found herself in quite different circumstances. "If you had told me the girl who got pregnant at thirteen and felt like the black sheep child of America 's favorite preacher would now be a twenty-five-year-old single mom, divorcée, author, motivational speaker, TV personality, ministry director, and senior editor, I never would have believed you," Sarah Jakes wrote in her memoir "Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life."
Lena Younger’s, known as “Mama”, dream was to have a happy and healthy family. Her goal was to buy a bigger house for her growing family to help better their future with the check for ten thousand dollars that came in the mail after the death of her husband. In an article titled, “The Historical Problem of Generations.”, Karl Mannheim proposed the idea that a continual production of a new generation is inertly problematic for the transmission of a prevailing culture. Mama doesn’t understand what the big deal is with
This mother works hard to make a living for her family, yet still finds it hard to make ends meet. This mother has to pay insurance for her and her 3 children at $1,000.00 dollars a month for her premium, plus her fluctuating copayments at each doctor or hospital visit on top of having to meet a $5,000.00 deductible for the insurance company to pay a hundred percent of anything. With all of that this single mother has a 20 percent co insurance which is the out of pocket expense that she has to meet each visit. Now take this very same example with a single payer source, the government. This mother can still work and make a decent living for her and her children and her healthcare will be paid for.
Walter Lee Younger is an example of someone who was raised in a good family. Walter is a character from the book A Raisin In The Sun. Walter is the son of Lena aka mama. Lena and her husband raised two kids of which still live with her. When Lenas husband dies they get ten thousand dollars for life insurance.