The members of the younger family all have cherished ambitions, throughout the play A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s use of metaphors, hyperboles, and symbols reveal a great deal about the nature of the characters’ deepest wishes and hopes for the future and how gender and race can show the unjust in societal expectations. The first written words of this play are the poem by Langston Hughes, Harlem, which is about what happens when a dream is set on the back burner. Gender and race play the role of societal expectations. In the 1960’s a revolution of American ideals was beginning to evolve that would change the way people looked at women and African Americans in the years to come, the rise of feminism and left over ideals of the civil
Privacy is the Key A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry was published in the year 1959, a time of discrimination, racism, and segregation for Blacks. Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun to portray the difficulty of being an African American in the 1950’s. Lorraine Hansberry particularly chosed to write a private play to bring the audience into an intimate experience with the family and their drama so that we can understand how it was to be black and that the play was a form of activim/. The set in A Raisin in the Sun was located in the Younger family’s apartment in Chicago’s Southside. Behind closed doors were the family’s private drama, which was how hard it was to live as an African American.
And how Nea deals with this events. This story is written with the immature and unreliable 12-year old perspective. These two sisters have grown together all through their life’s, creating a strong bound, and the fact that her family and a “old guy” is taking away her sister is something she can’t stand. In the end Nea believes that she is saving Sourdi from Mr.Chhay and her mother. However what Nea does not understand in all her youth and idealism , is that sourdi does not want to be saved: She willfully accepts her fate and her marriage to Mr.Chhay because she finds financial stability and a secure future.
Nanny who has been Janie’s caretaker has several hopes and dreams for her granddaughter. Nanny is not entirely perfect at her job of raising Janie, since her dreams for her are clouded by her own scarring experiences. Nanny attempts to insure a better life for Janie by forcing her to marry Logan Killicks, an old and wealthy man. Blinded by her own dreams, hopes, and desires, Nanny makes many impositions on Janie, “Have some sympathy fuh me. Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20).
A Raisin in the Sun Money is one of the things in the world that a person can become obsessed with. In the story “A Raisin in the sun” the author Lorraine Hansberry shows how a family is changed by the lust of money. A widow, Lena, her son Walter Younger, his wife Ruth and daughter Beneatha all lived under the same roof. Lena just lost her husband and is receiving a check for his death. With the money, Lena wants to buy a new house for the whole family to live in but everyone else in the family sees a different type of opportunity.
She wistfully begins imagining a life as Mrs. Murchison where she “could be just like Ruth,” and do small jobs while her husband earns the majority of the income for the family. She asks George, “Do you believe that I could remain sane as a housewife?”, but this question is intended to be rhetorical. Bennie slowly returns to reality in her last line when she remembers that she’d be “wishing [she’d] pursued [her] dream,” and that she’d be looking into George’s “hungry eyes” day after day. This section of the monologue creates an argument for why the two are so incompatible, and shows Beneatha’s dependence on herself and her
“A Raisin in the Sun,” written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1959, was the first play ever produced on Broadway by an African-American woman and was considered ground-breaking for it’s time. Titled after Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem,” sometimes known as “A Dream Deferred,” the play and the subsequent film adaptations are honest examinations of race, family, poverty, discrimination, oppression and even abortion in urban Chicago after WWII. The original play was met with critical praise, including a review by Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times where he wrote, “For A Raisin in the Sun is a play about human beings who want, on the one hand, to preserve their family pride and, on the other hand, to break out of the poverty that seems to be their fate. Not having any axe to grind, Miss Hansberry has a wide range of topics to write about-some of them hilarious, some of them painful in the extreme.” The original screen adaptation released in 1961 was highly acclaimed in its own right, and was chosen in 2005 for preservation in the United States of America National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for its cultural and historical significance. While both stage and screen portrayals were highly acclaimed there are some similarities as well as some marked differences in each interpretation.
Once Ellen’s grandmother wins custody of her, she is forced to leave the family she could actually see love from to her grandmother who hates her, although never truly stated, we believe the cause because of the similar features of Ellen’s and her father’s faces, Ellen then again sees herself as better as the care given of her. Her grandmother soon dies after becoming ill. Ellen has battled with who has the power in her life and her actions, when her grandmother becomes the caregiver of Ellen she tries to take the power from her. Ellen does get her wish when her grandmother dies and she takes the control again. Her father dies as well from his addiction. “When I was little, I would think of ways to kill my daddy.” (Gibbons 1.)
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,
The biggest aspects of life a person is guaranteed to face are choices. In Kate Chopin’s story, “The Story of an Hour”, a woman receives mistaken news about the death of her husband. However, she becomes overexcited and dies due to a poor heart condition. In “Regret”, Chopin introduces an old woman who lived her life independently and alone. By the end of the story, she began to resent sacrificing major opportunities in life when she was younger.