Hansberry’s drama draws on her own experiences growing up in segregated Chicago, for example, redlining was often used in Chicago to discriminate against [colored people] who were moving into new neighborhoods. “Redlining is the practice of denying key services (like home loans and insurance) or increasing their costs for residents in a defined geographical area...It was almost exclusively a tool to force blacks (and other minorities) into particular geographic areas.”(Jamelle Bouie, How We Built the Ghettos, page 1). This ties to Hansberry’s play, a Raisin in the Sun, by the Younger family lived in a very cramped and poor area. They were then meet by Linder from the “welcoming committee” of the white neighborhood he told them the people of the neighborhood were …show more content…
Her characters like Walter and Ruth are forced to live in a cramped house because they don’t have the money to move out. Walter has to work as a chauffeur driving people around all day for a low wage. Just like in that time period when African Americans could not get high paying jobs, this aided in the racial problem because it kept blacks from being able to move into white neighborhoods. Another method used to keep blacks out of White neighborhoods was contract buying. “When selling on contract, the speculator offered the home to a black purchaser for a relatively low downpayment- often several hundred dollars would suffice. For bringing the home within the reach of a black purchaser, however, the speculator extracted a considerable price.” (Jamelle Bouie,How we built the ghettos, page 2) This is like when Lena the mother of Walter and beneatha bought a new house and only had to put a small down payment on it in order to buy the
When the government and private banks failed, racial violence began when mobs destroyed black family homes and beat them up on streets. Eventually, black people fled their neighborhood, and made Chicago become the “Second Ghetto”. In the article, Coates talks about the story of Clyde Ross, a black man who fled worsening conditions in Mississippi to find jobs in Chicago. As many Americans dreamed of owning a home, Ross worked hard in order to earn money and support his family. However, the only way for black people to own a house in Chicago in the mid-twentieth century was to buy a house from predatory contract sellers, who charged huge rates with few legal protections for buyers.
In the book, "A Raisin in the Sun"- which takes place in the 1950's, it talks about how A character in the book, Mama- buys a house for her family in A "white neighborhood". This is a problem because, in this time period, black neighborhoods & white neighborhoods were segregated. This text was also adapted into a movie. When directors adapt text texts to film, they might want to change the stage directions- which then, might change the meaning.
Hansberry wrote a private play to bring the audience into a close relationship with the family, including flaws and all. It improves the audience’s impression of black people. Hansberry kept their drama to themselves to let the audience know that Blacks had an exclusive world that they only share. Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun to tell the story on how it was to be Black in the 50’s and how they dealt with the discrimination, segregation, and
From Fantasy to Reality: A Circle of Disappointment Almost everyone has wanted to believe something so badly that they convince themselves it is true. The fantasy people create makes them happy for awhile but eventually it falls apart and gives way to reality, and this reality is often a great disappointment. The Younger family in Lorraine Hansberry’s award-winning play, A Raisin in the Sun, experience such a fall from fantasy to reality as does the narrator in James Joyce’s short story, “Araby.” Finally, a whole town has a similar experience in Edward Arlington Robinson’s poem “Richard Cory.”
I feel that people should be nicer to Walter since he is not a bad boy though when people are making him angry he starts acting like a bad boy. In Walter 's class, people were making fun of his speech problem. This led Walter to act like a bad boy. I feel that Walter should not get angry and instead try and make the teacher notice more when his classmates have been making fun of him. “I read quickly, and there was a chorus of laughter in response” 42.
In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, thoughts of femininity and masculinity are woven throughout the play. The play is set in the 1950s, a time where racial tension still existed among black and white Americans even though segregation no longer existed. A Raisin in the Sun is about the Youngers, an African American family living in the slums of Chicago. The father has just passed away, and the family is about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. Each family member has his or her own idea as to how the money should be spent.
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When thinking of the ghetto, people generally conjure an image of a gritty, crime-infested, and hopeless place. Who decided this? Certainly not black people. Interestingly enough, just the presence of black families within a majority-white neighborhood in the 1900s caused those homes to drop in value, by thousands. If you were a white home owner who had spent five years’ wages on your first home, wouldn’t you want to protect your investment by all costs?
Racism in A Raisin in the Sun A Raisin in the Sun reflects life in Southside Chicago during the 1950’s. Racism still occurred during this time period and viewed as a common way of living. The Younger’s were an African American family who were treated no different than the rest of the black community, inhumanely. This play portrays the common struggled faced by African Americans who seek nothing more than to better their lives and to truly have an opportunity to acquire the American Dream.
The play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is written based off of her experiences with her family and her struggles with discrimination. The play takes place in the Southside of Chicago between WW II (1939) and the 1950’s. The play is about an African American family, the Youngers, and their efforts in a world of discrimination. The play’s plot is most influenced by the actions, conflicts and dialogue of Mama and her son Walter as they differ on opinions and decisions. Mama is of great importance in the development of the plot.
I also find that the characters in A Raisin in the Sun are over exaggerating the situation they are in given the archetypal standards they represent. Each character is representation of something generational, a gender or race issue, and it's a testament to Hansberry's writing that the characters don't come across as mouthpieces for the story. They are living, breathing human beings. It's not impossible at all to imagine the Younger family crowded together in their tiny roach-infested apartment on the south side of Chicago struggling, striving, and dreaming. “Who the hell told you you had to be a doctor?
The racial attitudes present in the play, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry connect to how racial discrimination is prevalent in modern day. Discrimination is a battle that has been fought for many years and people in modern day still fight to rid of discrimination and bring justice. A civil rights group known as Black Lives Matter, has been a way for people to fight against discrimination and have their voices heard. This civil rights movement started “[i]n 2013, when George Zimmerman [ a white man] was acquitted of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin [ a black young man]. When this court case came out a lady named, Alicia Garza, saw it and posted a
Ghettos in the United States have derived from a myriad of social issues, which have contributed to the exacerbated poverty and crime rates in neighborhoods all across the “Land of the Free”. One of the most prevalent and destructive factors that have contributed to ghettos in the United States is segregation. In the U.S. today, segregation is a residential pattern with one racial group far outstripping its percentage in the region while other racial groups in the region are significantly underrepresented in the neighborhood (Shelby 39). The segregation one might witness today is not the same segregation regimes used in the past, categorized as institutional racism. For example, the Jim Crowe Laws and Apartheid forcibly separated and isolated
In the book “A Raisin in the Sun,” has many cultural segregation issues that are still in play today, such as racism. Moreover, when Lindner, a white man, states, “that for the happiness of all concerned that our Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities,”(Hansberry 1590) which evidently shows that he directly aimed racism towards the Younger family when they were trying to move into a bigger house in the white community. In today’s society bluntly uses vulgar language towards other races in a derogatory and dismissive way.
In June of that year Hansberry earned a title of the “most promising playwright” of the season. A Raisin in the Sun would later become the longest- running black play in Broadway’s history. The reason behind the plays success and popularity was because it explored a “universal theme—the search for freedom and a better life.” (AAYA) The play’s original run on Broadway lasted for nineteen months and a total of 530 performances.