A Raisin in the Sun depicts the struggles imposed upon the members of the Younger family in the 1950’s in the United States of America during a time of racial discrimination. Lorraine Hansberry reveals through each character individually, and together as a family, how race and gender have contributed to the situation this black family are in as well as the hardships they face while trying to gain respectability in their society as well as in their home. The play shows strong views of gender and how the Younger family members each have a different opinion in regards to gender roles and what it means to be a man or a woman. Although traditional, Ruth does not always accept her generalised role as a woman. She does not always agree with what Walter says and does and in turn shows the reader that Walter does not always have power over her.
Today, there are Negroes unemployed, two or three times as many compared to whites, inadequate education, moving into the large cities, unable to find work, young people particularly out of work without hope, This appeals to the readers pride because people in America want to believe that they live in the greatest country in the world that everyone is treated equally but this section of JFK’s speech is like a wake up call to the American people that this country needs to change their ways 7. Appealing to his audience's fears My fellow Americans, this is a problem which faces us all -- in every city of the North as well as the South. Today, there are Negroes unemployed, two or three times as many compared to whites, inadequate education, moving into the large cities, unable to find work, young people particularly out of work without hope, This appeals to the readers fears because no one wants America to be in a state of emergency in a situation everyone is trying to kill each other Category 3: Ethos: Appeal due to the source's trustworthiness, credibility or authority 8. Demonstrating his understanding of his
Finally, when May loses April, she endures all the various sufferings of the world, including racial discrimination. Based on this novel, the enforcement of racism will result in a lifetime of suffering. Rosaleen, the protagonist’s closest black friend, is negatively impacted by the experiences she encounters with three white nigger haters. As Rosaleen and Lily (main character of the novel) are entering the town of Sylvan, the three nigger haters begin judging Rosaleen due to her black appearances. Gradually, Rosaleen becomes more and more irritated with their insults.
In A Raisin in the Sun, a play written by Lorraine Hansberry, the audience was able to obtain a sense of the struggle for the American dream. We are introduced to the Youngerś a black family living in the Southside of Chicago around the 1950’s. Each member of this family has their own meaning to what is the American dream. A Raisin in the Sun teaches us that even though life might be full of conflicts, it is important to not give up on our dreams. Primarily, Walter Younger is an example of the struggle to achieve the American dream.
Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun follows the struggles of an African American family living in a neighborhood in 1950s South Side Chicago. The play discusses several issues pertaining to African Americans of the time, such as poverty and discrimination. One of the major themes of the story is the search for a sense of belonging; whether that’s a sense of belonging to the continent of Africa, a neighborhood in Chicago, or on a personal level within the Younger family. The play explores this theme through its characters Beneatha, Mama and Walter. The play deals with the search for a sense of belonging on different scales.
Truthfully, it was a complete failure. The nation came to compromises on matters such as education and the economy, but in a bigger picture, racism was still an enormous and unacceptable issue. Since slavery was abolished, African Americans attained a more unfair version of freedom. They needed to make an income, find shelter, and gain experience in the world, so many freed slaves became sharecroppers. Sharecroppers farmed on land they rented from a landlord, in exchange for a share of the crop they produced.
In “To Be a Man,” Julie Burrell claims that there are two types of masculinity present in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun: Mama’s version of masculinity that’s rooted from “a life-affirming Black tradition” and Walter’s version of masculinity that’s dependent on earning money for the family. (3). Initially, in Hansberry’s play, Walter was solely focused on acquiring power through wealth; however, with the decision he made to move into the white neighborhood in the end, he had grew out of his mindset of having a “capitalist masculinity.” Burrell stated that “Walter's newfound manhood...allows him to support the dreams of the women in the household against the obstacles of racist and sexist oppression"
I see both sides of the world Coates’ describes, my hometown connects to one of the most impoverished and crime ridden cities in the Country-Camden, NJ-while I live comfortably, a stones throw away in “The Dream.” I have seen similar racism to the type Mable Jones saw in high school, where black kids from outside my town, but attended my high school were “accepted” because they “weren’t really black”, but black kids who competed against us in sports were ostracized for the color of their skin (Coates 139). In addition to my connection to Dr. Jones, I have a strong connection to police officers. My dad was a Lieutenant in my local police department, and often had to deal with racism in the department, stories which he often shared with my brother and I. One such story, included an officer who racially profiled a black teenager from a neighboring town, and abused his body to the point of a few broken bones; although in this case the boy was not killed it is just another example of the way police officers have the ability to abuse their power and shatter black bodies with no justification (Coates 87). The officers in both Prince Jones’ case and the boy from my neighboring town, both returned to work with little to no repercussions (Coates 80).
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 ways in which the characters in Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A raisin in the sun, are affected by racial imbalances and respond to the injustices engendered by such inequities are solely influenced by their gender.” I agree with this statement to an extent. Although it is correct that gender plays a big role in this play, there are other factors to consider. Context: 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.
And yet, one often encounters crude statements about the “ghetto”, the alleged home of all black families. 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.