‘Ballad of Landlord’ lays an emphasis on the conflict with social injustice between people of different social level. Langston Hughes stresses the idea of unfair advantage given to people of higher ranks in society by subtly raising the idea of racial segregation between the blacks and whites. He develops a unique rhythm to represent the different stances between a Negro tenant and a white landlord through uses of dialogue, rhetorical question, and hyperbole. The poem opens up with a repeated structure in the first two stanzas to show the dependence of a tenant on a landlord. “Landlord, landlord, my roof has sprung a leak…Landlord, Landlord, these steps is broken down.” The repetition of structure develops a song like rhythm to represent the relationship between the landlord and tenant similar to a parent(with higher dominance in both power and social ranks) and a child.
A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, is a play which focuses on how the African-Americans were seen during the 60’s by the white ethnicity. Those periods marked the United States of intense discrimination which marked the play. The Youngers’, family in which the play directs its attention, lived tough moments due to the African-American discrimination and economic problems that drives the family to constant breakdowns. The play shows how the lack of economic stability interrupts their happiness and stops the family’s dreams become true. The theme of money leads in A Raisin in the Sun because Walter Lee wants to be seen as the money provider and take full responsibility of his family
A Raisin in the Sun: Strength of Family Racism, segregation, oppression, and poverty; these are some of the struggles that black people in 1950’s America had to deal with every single day. That’s what the book “A Raisin in the Sun” focused on. This book was written about a closely-knit black family who had to get through new and difficult challenges, especially when it came to the racism that ran rampant through America at the time and their own attempts to escape the seemingly bottomless pit of poverty. These struggles forced this black family to stay together, even in times when the family seemed to be coming apart at the seams. This wonderful book had a couple main themes, but three of the biggest themes were racism, the importance of family, and poverty.
Laura Wingfield is a slight cripple with anxiety issues and because of her physical disabilities she lives in a world of her records and glass animals; retreating emotionally and mentally from the real world. Jim O’Conner is the outsider that brings a little bit of the common world into the Wingfield’s house every time he visits. He is the ‘embodiment of blessings and curses’ that in some Bahamian families would already consider him part of the family, being as a friend of one, to bring such blessings to them or the curse that has been latched on. The Parenting Aspect; Amanda was or felt like a typical Bahamian parent: dramatic, overbearing, tense, rowdy and a small portion of prejudice. She believes she knows what’s best for her children and tries to control then throughout the play, “Honey, don 't push with your fingers.
A Raisin in the Sun depicts the struggles imposed upon the members of the Younger family in the 1950’s in the United States of America during a time of racial discrimination. Lorraine Hansberry reveals through each character individually, and together as a family, how race and gender have contributed to the situation this black family are in as well as the hardships they face while trying to gain respectability in their society as well as in their home. The play shows strong views of gender and how the Younger family members each have a different opinion in regards to gender roles and what it means to be a man or a woman. Although traditional, Ruth does not always accept her generalised role as a woman. She does not always agree with what Walter says and does and in turn shows the reader that Walter does not always have power over her.
In fact, Bigger’s behaviour is some kind of a mirror held to the face of American society by her Black son or, in Wright‘s words, by her “native son”. Through this novel, Wright seems to be arguing that the roots of criminal and illegal activities by Blacks are in White American society and that women are abused by this society — by their own community, by their lovers, by rest of their kith and kin and by their husbands also. Women appear as victims in American society who endure pain to an unimaginable degree. The significance of Wright’s hate, repugnance and antagonism towards religion can be seen in Native Son. This novel is not only a book, but it is also some kind of a White Paper about Black experience in American society.
The story begins with John Grogan. He is a father and a husband to Jenny Grogan. He is a journalist but shifted to a columnist due to his boss’ order. He is very responsible to Marley as well as to Jenny. When they already have children, it was more challenging to him supporting his children and his wife, who is also struggling to take care of his children and to Marley, who is always destructive around the house.
Lorraine Hansberry’s play, ‘A raisin in the sun’, is set sometime between World War II and the present in Chicago’s South Side. The play unfolds in the Younger family’s tiny apartment and the scene describes a cramped and roach infested environment. The play focuses on the unique range of experience of three black women Mama, Ruth and Beneatha and the issues of black man-black women relationships, gender roles, a women’s right to education, poverty, abortion and the right to better living conditions. However the theme discussed in this essay will focus on gender inequalities and the restrictions that gender play in the aspirations of the women in the Younger family. Both Ruth and Mamma work as domestic workers to earn a living.
During the time period when “A Raisin in the Sun”, written by Lorraine Hansberry, was taken place, there was a great deal of social issues and problems with civil rights. There was segregation everywhere; in churches, schools, neighborhoods, public facilities, restaurants, anywhere one could think of there was segregation. Blacks, even though they were free, still had to endure conditions that they did not agree with. There was definitely a lot of racism in this play and one can see that from the blacks’ working for the whites, such as Walter Younger being a chauffeur, the whites trying to buy back the house the Younger family bought in their neighborhood, and everyone questioning Beneatha becoming a doctor because she is colored. The social
Langston Hughes investigates the emotional anguish caused by discrimination through Slave on the Block, and The Blues I’m Playing using overt racism, covert racism, and classism. Hughes is able to prove how discrimination causes emotional anguish through characterizing individuals as overt racists in The Slave on the Block. Mrs. Carraway, a bossy, middle class white folk, is said to be “an evident racist. She reveals her contempt for black servants, especially if they talk back to her” (Kellman 4017) . Mrs.