She discusses racial struggle of white vs. African American. The title of this play references the assumption of Langston Hughes prominently poses in the poem he writes about the forgotten or delay dream. As he doubts whether such dream blow up or not “like a raisin in the sun” .Since every family members have its individual dream, Beneatha wishes to become a professional doctor , Walter wishes to have a lot of money so that he can raise the standard of living . Furthermore, Beneatha seems as the lord of her power as compare to others. According to all these points, racism and race issue are central and are also assumed as central in an encouraging the consequent decisions and discussion related to Younger’s family.
Although the check belongs to the spouse which is Mama, everyone else is constructing a dream revolving around the money. Walter being the “Man of the house” believes his dream is more impactful. Being in the position to provide for his family is worth everything. In fact he’s insisting everyday for his wife Ruth, and Mama to listen, but also agree. Furthermore when the check finally arrives Mama, Ruth, and his son Travis see it first.
John knew that it was important to teach Sarny how to read and write so she could also teach other slaves. Yet, the ability to read and write carried risks for slaves like John and Sarny. Within Gary Paulsen’s Nightjohn and “I Know Why The Caged Birds Sings” by Maya Angelou, the theme of live life knowing you made a difference is shown through selflessness and bravery. To begin with, in Nightjohn, the theme of live life knowing you made a difference is exemplified by John. In the text it states, “She don’t know nothing.
He has worked his entire life as chauffeur and has always wanted to go beyond being that though he has nothing to look forward to due to lack of economical power. In families, usually the one who brings money home leads and has the power. In the play, Walter has no control of his family mainly because his salary does not give him power. Also, Lena Younger has the insurance check from Big Walter which contained $10.000, making the Youngers depend on her and not on Walter Lee’s budget. As he is seen in the play, it can be deduced that his stressed personality mainly comes from the fact that he has no money to portray power.
Dream Deferred Lorraine Hansberry was born in 1930 and grew up on the southside of Chicago. Her play, Raisin in the Sun, is based on the beginning of her life growing up in a middle-class African American family. Hansberry’s family purchased a house in a white neighborhood and the white neighbors attacked them. In result to this, the white neighbors went to court and Hansberry’s family was kicked out of the neighborhood. This play is also a reaction to Langston Hughes’s poem, Harlem.
A raisin inthe sun debuted on broadway in 1959. Critics have consistently considered the play as a play where a black family struggles with not having enough space in their apartment to racism to¬¬¬¬ segregation. The character charts include Mama, Benethea, Walter, Ruth, Travis, Lindner, Asagai and George. Brooks Atkinson praised how he thought that the play was honest and other things like that . Although he noted ,” the play is honest.
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.
These characters are Mama, Dee and Maggie. While this short story is set in a short time after major segregation readers can see how struggling African American families lived. With all the negative associations and compromising events that occur in the house the yard is seen as an escape from this harsh reality. In “Everyday Use”, Walker uses symbolism of the yard, to develop the theme of freedom and comfort.
According to Tero Liukkonen, a critic, James Baldwin’s writing is known for his “sexual and personal identity and civil rights struggles in the United States” which is evident in his short story Sonny’s Blues. It presents suffering and survival within the black community and throughout the characters family as well. Sonny’s Blues takes place in Harlem, New York in 1950’s were the Narrator, an unnamed character, as well as his older brother Sonny, tells the story. Characters like the Narrator, Sonny and their mother are strongly impacted by the pain of their families suffering. Throughout the short story, each character understands his/her own suffering and plan to attain a better life.
Oned biographer, Arnold Rampersad, even went as far as calling Hughes “.. the most representative black American writer” This statement is made to ring true through the literary works Harlem  and PhD. In Harlem , the speaker reflects upon the lies told in the past, the “old kicks in the back”, and the times he/she was told to “be patient” in the face adversity, and racism. The tone is rather hostile as the speaker details the ways in which racism impacts his/her life. “Sure we remember” ‘We remember the job we never had, Never could get And can’t have now Because we’re colored.” the speaker goes on to detail the daily increase of the pricing on goods like bread and cigarettes. The speaker goes on, and suddenly, the tone shifts in the direction of sadness.
"Coming of age in Mississippi" is an autobiography of Anne Moody, Essie Mae the original name, explaining a story about the black people called African American and their problems faced by being black in the southernmost part of the States, not any other countries but it 's the United States of America. The author of the book has fragmented this book in 4 parts. The first part is all about her Childhood, second about her life in High School, third about her College life and the final is about the Movement she joined. Probably, it was the time period after the World War II and it was too many years black people got many rights as white used to. But also there was discriminating mind of people in the Southern part of USA which is till now more religious.