Symbols in the Sun In the drama A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Symbols are a recurring theme. Hansberry uses them skillfully throughout the piece to give things a deeper meaning that can relate to the story. She uses it for Beneatha’s hair, a plant in the apartment, and even the insurance check the story revolves around.
Mama’s plant in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is a symbol of Mama’s constant sacrifice for her children and how Mama’s children can succeed on little to nothing. Mama always provides tender care to her plant and her children and she pampers them both as much as she possibly can in order to make sure they are happy in the environment that they have been raised in. She gives everything she has and more to make sure that her children are doing well, but what she has is sometimes not nearly enough. It's very hard to be in a world full of wealth around you and not ever want that luxury for yourself, especially for the Younger
Having Ruth said this show us that she bursting with excitement, but she also wants her husband to be happy about that house and not just let him be down about not achieving his goal. This is an example of a good choice with Mama buying the house because Travis is happy and so is Ruth. If Mama had not decided to buy that house who knows what good and bad choices could come out of the
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there are a few “blossoms”, as well as beautiful flowers that are introduced. Flowers are important symbols that are compared to the feisty, feminine females that were brought into the novel. As Miss Maudie had said to Jem, “Always wanted a smaller house, Jem Finch. Gives me more yard. I’ll have more room for my azaleas now!”
How they grow, and how the act to changes. Plant are almost always associated with how family relationships should be like. At this point in novel taylor doesn't think of Mattie as just a friend but in this passage it suggests that Mattie is starting to stand as some sort of substitute mother in Taylor's life as she is far from home a misses her mother.
In literature, writers utilize symbolism as an artistic element in their writing. John Steinbeck’s short story “The Chrysanthemums” is about a woman named Elisa Allen who feels dissatisfied with her way of life. Elisa’s frustrations proceeds from her marriage and her sole escape from her frustrations is her garden where she grows chrysanthemums. Steinbeck uses chrysanthemums to symbolize Elisa’s struggles to identify herself and her challenging circumstances. Although children are not mentioned in Steinbeck’s short story, “The Chrysanthemum”, the flowers symbolize Elisa’s children or lack thereof.
Mama’s plant in A Raison in the Sun, represents hope; hope for their future of having a house and a garden in the back. Mama is able to tend this dream plant and keep it alive even with the harsh atmosphere. When mama feels Walter and Beneatha are losing touch with her, she portrays her feelings through the dream plant, "Lord, if this little old plant don't get more sun than it's been getting, it ain't never going to see spring again" (40). This shows Mama truly believes that if Walter and Beneatha keep acting the way they do, they will not only ruin mama’s dream but also fail to initiate Big Walter’s legacy. Another piece of evidence that proves this, is when Ruth and Mama were talking about the now run-down house her and Big Walter used to
In John Steinbeck’s story “The Chrysanthemums”, it details, along as follow a lady and the plant she loves to grow. Within the story a young lady expresses her love for this specific plant. She explains why she grows it and how highly she holds them. It gives her a sense of pride and ease when she takes care of them. It is a way of escape from her feeling of confinement.
Mama is thinking that the family just shouldn’t move since all the money is gone. Ruth is trying to convince Mama to still move because the apartment is too small for another baby and having Mama not give up her hope of having a house with a garden. This shows Ruth just wants her family to have a nice home and is willing to work for it even more. Another example of Ruth working hard for her family is when, Ruth begs, “Lena—I’ll work…. I’ll work twenty hours a day in all the kitchens in Chicago….
Just within the recent decades, men and women started to fight against the gender stereotypes and started to challenge their roles in a family and in the society. The play, A Raisin in the Sun, portrays the lives of African–Americans during the 1950s. Lorraine Hansberry, a writer and a social activist, reinforced the traditional gender roles, especially female’s, by depicting how the Youngers interact and how they act in an economical struggle. Throughout the play, A Raisin in the Sun, she uses Walter Lee Younger, Ruth Younger and Lena Younger to reinforce the traditional role of fathers, wives and mothers within a family.
Mama cares for the plant by feeding, watering and checking all through the day on it to make sure it was still doing well. She also does this for the family. Mama always wants the best for them and would do anything to keep them happy and well. Mama uses the plant as her fuel to always put the family first and to remember her dreams, as well as remind her family of theirs (Shmoop Editorial Team). Throughout the play, Mama’s plant symbolizes many things to the Younger family.
A relationship between a mother and a daughter is very difficult to maintain. In the story of "Everyday Use", Mama tells her story of her two different daughters. She explains the dissimilarity of Dee, the oldest daughter who is in college and Maggie, the daughter who remains at home. She tells the story of her two daughters while waiting for Dee 's arrival from college. She describes how different they are and in their storytelling, you can tell their differences.
money. Mama, Walter’s mother and the head of the house, is put in the play to display family is greater than money. When the plot takes a direction change and the family receives insurance money from Mama’s dead husband, the attitude in the household shifts. Always being a family oriented woman, Mama, even with ten thousand dollars is still sad that her husband isn’t there to share the great fortune with him. This clearly displays Mama’s core values and why Lorraine Hansberry put her in the play to show these
"The Chrysanthemums" is a short story in which John Steinbeck, the author, presents a telling of Elisa and Henry Allen’s marriage through Elisa’s perspective. The work takes place in the 1930s in the Salina Valleys, where Elisa is tending to her Chrysanthemums, while Henry is negotiating a business deal. Throughout the story, the reader gets an inside look into how Elisa truly feels about her relationship and life with Henry. Symbolism is an object, person, or an action that means more than what it literally is. Within the story, Steinbeck includes symbolism to the Chrysanthemums, themselves.
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).