Resilience In A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

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After World War II, In the 1950s' The United States was vastly segregated, areas with predominantly large black communities were redlined and marked as undesirable, and the banks would not give out loans, which caused poverty for many people in the communities. These actions by the banks led to people trying to rise above the situations that they were in and would try to provide a better life for themselves and their children by working hard and being resilient hard workers, even though they were dealt an unfair hand in life. While growing up in Chicago, Illinois, during the 1930s' Lorraine Hansberry's parents were resilient by working hard to move their family out of the inadequate living conditions they had. Lorraine Hansberry's family also …show more content…

Beneatha had lots of things that she wanted to do, but she kept changing her mind. Beneatha is also resilient in doing what she wants to do, this is shown when she does not want to marry George Murchinson and she says, “Listen, I’m going to be a doctor. I’m not worried about who I’m going to marry–if I ever get married” (Hansberry 50). When Beaneatha says this it displays how she is committed to doing what she wants. Beneatha's resilience in standing her ground leads to her marrying Asagi and wanting to go to Africa to help people. When Beneatha tells Mama, “Mama, Asagai asked me to marry him today and go to Africa–” (Hansberry 149). Beneatha shows how she can change in certain ways while still keeping her dreams …show more content…

Walter realizes that it is more important to move into a house for the family instead of taking money from people that don't want him in Clybourne Park and having no dignity. When Mr. Linder comes over to give the Younger family money in exchange for the house that they bought, Mama tells Walter, “Son – I come from five generations of people who was slaves and sharecroppers – but ain’t nobody in my family never let nobody pay ‘em no money that was a way of telling us we wasn’t fit to walk the earth. We ain’t never been that poor. We ain’t never been that – dead inside” (Hansberry 143). This statement towards Walter's cowardice and willingness just to accept something when money is involved causes Walter to realize that he is giving up in the face of hard times and that it is more important to provide for his family. Walter demonstrates his realization of the importance of a better place to live when he says, “Well– what I mean is that we come from a people who had a lot of pride, I mean– we are very proud people. And that’s my sister over there and she’s going to be a doctor… this is my son, and he makes the sixth generation of our family in this country. And we have all though about your offer– and we have decided to move into our house because my father – my father – he earned it for us brick by brick. We don’t want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no

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