Similarities Between Raisin In The Sun And Death Of A Salesman

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In the plays A Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesmen we see two different sets of conflicts and characters, but we can still see many similarities and connections between the two. Both plays revolve around two families. In A Raisin in the Sun we meet the Younger family, a family of 5th generation African Americans living in Chicago. On the other hand Death of a Salesmen introduces us to the Loman family, which much like the Younger family find themselves in economic hardships. A great part of the struggle we see in both plays comes from the male characters. In both plays we see the men struggle in for success conflict with their pride, family, and mental state. There are two standout men in the Loman family, Biff and Willy. Biff is Willy’s son, whom was meant to be great and succeed but ended up being a failure. As Willy says, “Biff is a lazy bum” (Miller 31). Biff and Willy both struggle with being successful but they handle it in different ways. Biff was the star football player and was destined to attend a top-notch university. However, he failed a subject, which would have forced him to attend summer school, which he was…show more content…
Walter has worked most of his life as a chauffeur and struggles with this unfulfilling job. His main conflict in the story begins when his mother, Lena, receives a life insurance check for ten thousand dollars following the death of her husband and rejects giving him the money to open his liquor store. This destroys him emotionally even to the point of losing his dignity by accepting money from a white man trying to get rid of his family and using the money behind his family 's back. However, at his lowest point he realizes that his dignity is more valuable than any sum of money and corrects his mistakes. As he tells Lindner, “We are a very proud people” (Hansberry 164). The two plays teach us that there are things more valuable than

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