A Raisin in the Sun was an innovative play for its era. Lorraine Hansberry produces in the Younger household one of the first authentic portrayals of a black household on an American stage, in an era where primarily black spectators just didn’t exist. African-American characters, typically minor and comedic, mostly hired racial stereotypes before this play. Lorraine Hansberry, nevertheless, displays a whole black household in an authentic view, one that is unbecoming and anything but comedic. She makes use of black dialect all through the play and raises significant concerns and struggles, for instance poverty, bigotry and racism.
Robert O’ Hara speaks to the idea of the modern black experience in America and the future of black Americans. Ron proclaims,” you asked what it feels like to be free… lost I feel lost sometimes without a connection without linkage without a past….story..(O’Hara, pg. 330).” There was and disconnect like in real life between the older characters and the longer characters of the play. The younger characters were yearning for the older characters understand them and their ways of life. While, the older characters in the play were trying their best to show them life and all the hardships of society- consistently failing to break through their ideas.
Through an extensive reference to recent social history and cultural studies pieces of literature, Eric Lott seeks to examine the role played by the blackface minstrel show during the prevalent political struggles that essentially saw the start of the civil war. In this account, Lott paints an image of the blackface minstrel as a show that primarily appropriated black dialect music and dance. In a similar regard, the show is perceived as one that, at some point applauded the black culture but unfortunately, and in an ironic manner, the show contributed to what was famously known as “blackening of America.” Additionally, through the content of his literary work, and reference to the blackface minstrel, Lott gives a novel interpretation of the very first and popularly renowned form of the 19th-century entertainment (Lott).
Even after the abolition of laws to protect African Americans from slavery it has proven to be only but a false promise to protect them against discrimination and racism, and leaving them with doubt in their hearts of future suffering for generations to come. Furthermore, the subject of slavery is subject that the author want to use to make one understand what suffering an African American person continue to experience. In addition, Austin Wilson has been a great historian towards the suffering of African Americans. Moreover, Austin Wilson’s play make us comprehend the severity of the discrimination and racism.
The issues of racism, poverty, and segregation suffered by African Americans are commonplace not only in today’s society but society of the past. These issues were a major barrier in the way of those before us who strived for the equal treatment of all humans. In both The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Silent Gesture the authors write about their specific struggles against social injustice and human suffering. An analysis of the two novels show that to convey their individual hardships, the authors give examples of their struggles that appeal to ethics, logic, and emotion. Both of these novels express that these issues were an everyday struggle of African Americans of the time period.
The Nurse and Friar Laurence act as mentor figures throughout the story of Romeo and Juliet, where the two are limited to whom they can reveal their love to, only to end up hurting the due in the end, making the duo ending their lives, only for each other. The Nurse and Juliet are very close with each other, as she is essentially a mother to her, always giving her the aid that she needs in that occasion. Although, all of her different advice does not accumulate to each other, and ends up having a negative aftermath. At first, the Nurse along with Lady Capulet tells Juliet a plethora of reasoning on why she should marry Paris, and how they are meant to be
African-American author Toni Morrison 's book, Beloved, describes a black culture born out of a dehumanising period of slavery just after the Civil War. Culture is a means of how a group collectively believe, act, and interact on a daily basis. Those who have studied her work refer to Morrison 's narrative tales as “literature…that addresses the sacred and as an allegorical representation of black experience” (Baker-Fletcher 1993: 2). Although African Americans had a difficult time establishing their own culture during the period of slavery when they were considered less than human, Morrison believes that black culture has been built on the horrors of the past and it is this history that has shaped contemporary black culture in a positive way. Through the use of linguistic devices, her representation of black women, imagery and symbolic features, and the theme of interracial relations, Morrison illustrates that black culture that is resilient, vibrant, independent, and determined.
A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry represents one of the first books to ever properly illustrate the struggle of black families in the mid 1900’s. It’s realistic depiction of the hope many African Americans had for betterment of their lives through hard work and the discouragement they dealt with daily from the lack of social progress in their communities reoccurs throughout the production through stage movements, and the character’s actions. The author portrays characters with relatable despair and elation, so that viewer feel their trials and triumphs like they were their own. Most importantly, her writing leads readers to question if the system will allow success for the underdogs, and if religious faith means anything. Lena Younger,
“Incident” by Natasha Tretheway brings to life the horrors African Americans faced during the time the Ku Klux Klan was rampant in the United States. Fear and secretiveness was an everyday part of African American lives. They were unable to live like white Americans were due to the racism they faced. This poem, however, symbolizes the idea that life continues through the fear of it crumbling. The narrator is still alive to tell his or her story; therefore, this is evidence that life continues.
She learns that no one could bring her down because once she was called upon the stage to do the honors, she let her hate turn into motivation. The whites always talked about how the blacks couldn’t be leaders but they showed them different and overcame the obstacles that were thrown at
She gave readers a symbolism of the racial segregation because at that timeframe of the Harlem Renaissance there was still racial oppression.
August Wilson’s playwright Joe Turner Come and Gone emphasizes many fundamental issues within African-Americans, specifically the black males. In those days, the black man stood to lose themselves. August sent an extraordinary suggestion. The idea of the character Bynum only filled the play with all of his wise talk. August reflects on his secret of life by bringing it forward, allowing an audience to see Harold breaking free of what enslaved him, and the beginning of embracing his self-identity, self-worth and self-efficacy.
From 1865 through 1909 African Americans endure some tough times as well for some admirable times. Their experiences weren’t all bad there were some proud moments where African Americans believed in change that they saw in equality but later noticed that it had been taken away from them. When the government had abandoned African Americans rights and had made it hard for them to be normal citizen because of their outrageous law that African Americans had. Which made certain African Americans used their voice for the oppressed and spoke out of their injustice that happened in the south. These are their successes and failures that African Americans experience in their life do to discrimination, segregation, and inequality.
“Keepin’ it real”, an essential standard in the distinguishing racial identity as an African American, or so it was until Mark Steyn drags it through an abrasive bath of satire and exposes it for what he truly thinks it is, a detriment to the black community, and society as whole. Steyn exposes the hypocrisy and flaws in mindset African American cultural leadership that has allowed this new "outlook" to flourish through a scathing assault comprised of exemplification, irony, definition. An instrumental tool in his tirade against the cultural leaders whom he believes are dragging down the black community is exemplification. Using this technique he is able to deconstruct the issue and attack its individual facets. He introduces