A wise man named Stephen King once said, “Books and movies are like apples and oranges, They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” The book and the movie look the same at first you can really see the differences. You can see Walter being so nasty and doing something at the end of the book and movie that is very unexpected more most readers and watchers. You also see so much racism in the movie but in the book you don’t really see racism except the Linder part. Last but not least seeing the characters move to the places you can only imagine but now you can see where they good and the hardship they have to face.
In “The Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, feelings and emotions are represented by symbols. For example when Walter and Ruth fuss about the eggs, this represents how much they love each other and how they will always have tension. One symbol that is repetitive is mama's plant . Mamas plant symbolizes the family growing, their dreams of success and her dreams of a garden.
Throughout life, there are high and low moments, but no matter how difficult times get, a family is supposed to stick together. In the play A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry, the Younger family goes through a roller coaster of emotions. Within the play, the Youngers come to face many different problems. However, in the play, the main issues occur between Lena Younger (Mama) and Walter Younger (Son of Mama). There always seems to be one main issue, how to spend Walter Lee Senior’s life insurance money.
The Youngers started with nothing but a dream they had no respect in society and in the end they still achieved their dream but how ? “ A Raisin In The Sun “ written by Lorraine Hansberry talks about the struggle of the youngers being an African American family in a racist society. This story describes how hard it was to keep a dream in the 1950’s as an African American and how they still went for it despite the efforts against them. In my opinion , The Youngers realized the Aamerican Ddream and knew what they had to go through to achieve it . “ THAT MONEY IS MADE OUT OF MY FATHER'S FLESH “ this quote was needed to describe what the youngers went through just to achieve their dreams.
Imagine that your father or spouse has passed away. Obviously it is a sad time and everyone is grieving and hurt, But if there is any good new to be taken out of this it is that there was a life insurance policy, and a large one at that. Due to the sum of the money it causes a family feud. One person wants a house, one wants to go to college, one wants to start a new business. So who gets the say and how will picking one option over the other impact the family, and will there be feelings of betrayal.
In every story each character influences the plot in some way, even if it’s something tiny. Just like the story Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury. The two main characters that influence the plot most through actions and dialogue are Walter and Lena Younger. Lena (also known as Mama) influences the plot in a positive way and does as much as she can to make her family happier. While Walter influences the plot in a negative way and brings the family down by pushing them away.
In A Raisin in The Sun there is certainly a lot of loss to go through, as well as many different and opposing values. Walter, for example, was obsessed with being able to provide for his family and have the money to show for it. In his attempts to achieve this goal he ends up bankrupting the family and leaving them much worse off than before, all through his own selfishness and sense of pride. Walter at first wants to open a liquor store with the money left over by his late father, figuring it would be a good way to get easy money for the family, though his family are against this idea.
Money and Racism for Black American’s The Harlem Renaissance writers show many ways that Black American’s struggle. The struggle with money, poverty and racism in the 1900s for black American’s was difficult as many of them did not have money in the begin and lived in poverty and were still treated poorly by whites. For many Black Americans they were able to move past poverty and able to obtain money like Walter in A Raisin in the Sun whose family received insurance money from the death of his father. Walter was all about the money he had plans to get rich with the money and not feel like a slave at his work.
I think the characters that try to search a better way of life in the Raisin in the Sun are Walter Lee Younger and Lena Younger (Mama). I think they do this to help their family prosper. They also want their family to gain money and let their kids/ grandkids have whatever they want and not let them live in poor conditions. They wanted to live up to their families expectation. When they first really wanted to search a better way of life was when the insurance money of Papa.
Dreams are one of the most important concepts of the play. In A Raisin in the Sun, all 5 characters, Ruth, Walter, Mama, Travis, and Benethea have individual dreams which they crave to achieve. Ruth desires to make her family happy, Walter dreams of getting out of the poor social class, Beneatha wants to become a doctor, and Mama dreams of a house with a garden. The characters struggle obtaining these dreams due to financial circumstances. The author, Lorraine Hansberry describes their dreams as “dried up” like a raisin in the sun.