The Younger family in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun faces many oppositions and conflicts, but Mama, the matriarch of the family, keeps them held together. She helps them work out their issues with her wisdom that she has received through her own trials and tribulations. She can best be described as puritanical, dignified and caring woman who would do anything for her family. Hansberry separates Mama from the family through her wisdom and values, but she uses her to tie the story together. Mama’s puritanical values are the basis for how she runs the family. This character trait is the source of her strictness. She holds her family to a standard that they often times do not live up to. A prime example of her steadfast faith is …show more content…
Hansberry gives us many examples of her caring nature, starting when she first enters the play, when she takes care of her plant. The plant is old and withering because it doesn’t recieve much light; however, Mama never gives up on her plant. This plant symbolizes the love for her family, even though they do not always have the right intentions at heart, she loves them and tries to nurture them back to health. Another prime example of her caring nature is how she treats Travis, her grandson. She “babies” him in a way, like when he does not make up his bed at first she questions why it is not made, but then she makes it for him. Probably the most obvious example is how she handles the money. While both of her children have their own dreams of how the money will be split, it is ultimately Mama’s money. She has always dreamed of having a house with a garden and a yard for Travis to play in and for everyone to have their own rooms. So she uses some of the money as a down payment, but she wanted the other portion to go to Beneatha’s college fund and then the rest to Walter for his dream. Throughout the play we see Walter’s frustration grow because he feels as if no one listens to him or cares about his dream, but by giving him this money Mama is showing him that she does care and she trusts in the man that he has become. “You trust me like that, Mama?” Asked Walter “I ain’t never stop trusting you. Like I ain’t ever
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Everyday Use by Alice Walker and Eudora Welty in A Worn Path are two short stories that share many similarities. One similarity between the two stories that caught my attention was protection and love. Both women take care of a child that went through an incident. In the story Everyday Use by Alice Walker, Mama is a poor African American woman who is considered to be very strong and manly.
Through the use of the historical lens, looking specifically at the economic struggles, the struggle of unequal opportunity, and the housing covenant that African-American’s faced in the 1950’s, Hansberry’s message of A Raisin in the Sun is revealed: the perseverance of an ethnic minority in a time of racial discrimination. A Raisin in the Sun is set in a time of great racial discrimination, the 1950’s in the united States. This featured racism towards those of color or non-caucasians, and the struggles commonly faced by the African-American family is shown through the eyes of the Younger family through the writing and experiences of Lorraine Hansberry. Of the three major struggles the Younger family faced, the most prominent in Act one is that of financial disability. This is best shown through the working lives of the family.
Families and Math Equations It is a simple math equation. Walter plus Beneatha plus Mama equals six cents, three dreams, and many of calls for recognition. Lorraine Hansberry the author of A Raisin in the Sun knows this is an equation that is greatly capable of fabricating a dramatic and page turning story, so she did. A little insight into this story explains this simply complex equation.
In Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun, the character Beneatha shows the most growth in her pride and expression. The main focus of her pride is in her African heritage; she grows by embracing her African traits and learning their compelling history. She also grows with her different ways of expression, by trying to find ways to express herself and also using her heritage to express herself. The play is focused on a family, the Youngers; They live in a small apartment in Chicago’s Southside; Beneatha is Mama 's daughter and Walter’s sister.
“A Raisin in the Sun “ by Lorraine Hansberry is story about many family disappointments and In the story Lena (Mama) get $10,000 dollars insurance for her husband death .For Beneatha and ,Walter and Lena have their desires to do something with the money. Beneatha dream is to become a doctor and hope for Lena(mama) to help her pay for medical school and Walter Lee dream is to open a liquor store with partnership with his friends as for Lena (mama) hopes to finance a home where they have space to live decently and Travis can play outside also Lena(mama) can finally grow a garden. In “A Raisin in the Sun“ by Lorraine Hansberry shows many examples about sexism in the 1950’s ,Beneatha and Walter represent many of the stereotypes shown of a female and male roles .Above all as times have progress will still see sexism for example the wage gap in sport between a female athlete and male athletes .
Walter is a very passionate and ambitious man. According to Mama, Walter is very much like his father. Throughout the play, Walter is obsessed with the idea of purchasing a liquor store with two of his friends. He feels this business venture will solve his financial and social problems. As he tells his son, he envisions himself working at the head of a business doing important work.
Tons of people on a normal day get made fun of because they dont look like others and that they don 't act like other people. In the book A Raisin In The Sun written by Lorraine Hansberry, A african american family living in the suburbs of Chicago pre civil rights movement trying to find a better life outside of their rundown apartment. In the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding Toula changes her appearance to go out and get the guy that she likes and when they see each other and it was love at first sight, Ian and Toula later get married. In the book American Born Chinese written by Gene Luen Yang, Jin changes his appearance because he wanted to fit in and get the girl that everyone likes. Some People think that they don 't fit into society so they change themselves to fit into society.
Minerva observes this moment of deep emotion in the face of her mother, one of the many women who has suffered the loss of her husband's fidelity; this simple moment gives direct insight into the hopes and losses of Mama, the strongest source of care for the Mirabal family. With the dictatorial power of Trujillo still bearing down upon the Dominican Republic and his recent interest in the Mirabal family, fear is even more prominent in the lives of the sisters and those around them. And the family's loss of their highly fallible father to another woman was not cohesive to the structure and stability of their already shaky world. As a woman, Mama would be expected to fall subject to the wishes of her husband, but it is often seen that her opinion is the one that wins out (probably due to Papa's unstable mentality and Mama's persistent care about the welfare of her daughters). Already dealing with the stresses of taking care of her family and Trujillo's ever-looming presence, Papa's infidelity is a blow to both her self-confidence and the familial structure that she has tirelessly slaved over.
In Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, take place in the late 1950s in Chicago Illinois the younger experiences the struggles of living during the Jim Crow era. African American families have always struggled to find their place within a white society. Throughout the play the audience sees the differences between the three generations through Mama, Walter and Beneatha. Ruth, Walter’s wife, acts as a stabilizing force in the family who acts as a peacemaker and caretaker within the family.
Family is important to everyone in some way because family sticks together no matter what. The play A Raisin in the Sun is about a black family named the Youngers and the hardships they face together as a family. In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Ruth Younger is motivated by her family. This is shown by Ruth wanting to make her family happy, her working even though she is tired, and later when Ruth finds out there is going to be another mouth to feed. Ruth Younger is constantly worrying about her family’s well being and happiness for them.
Identity is defined by a person’s culture. One major component that determines a person’s identity and is apart of the person’s culture is their familial life. In the play, A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry Mama is very close to her family. This comes from the beliefs that she has gained through the many years that she has been alive. She never fails to give wisdom to other members of the family and support them through the harsh society they are exposed to.
A Raisin in the Sun has many events throughout the story that teach something. They teach us the importance of family, the need to fight against racial discrimination to show who you are, and to always follow your dreams. The Youngers struggle socially and economically throughout the play but unite in the end to realize their dream of buying a house. Mama strongly believes in the importance of family, and she tries to teach this value to her family as she struggles to keep them together and functioning.
Mama displays her altruism toward other people and their feelings along with her determination and forbearance as another main character in Hansberry’s play. These factors contribute to a beneficial impact on her dream. Mama constantly puts the needs of others before her needs. While trying to apologize to her son for leading him onto the wrong path in life, Mama states, “...I ain’t got nothing, don’t own nothing, ain’t really never wanted nothing that wasn’t for you. There ain’t nothing as precious to me — there ain’t nothing worth holding on to, money, dreams, nothing else — if it means — if it means it’s going to destroy my boy” (Hansberry 93).
Mama sprinkled her love for the family as if they were seeds in her garden, hoping with enough sunshine that they could blossom into the flower she hoped they could become. Lorraine Hansberry illustrates the hidden meaning of family through Mama’s plant as it undergoes positive and negative changes throughout the novel. In A Raisin in the Sun, Mama’s plant represents the family’s growth over time, dependence on Mama, and the ability of sustaining life even in the most difficult of times. Even though the play only takes place during the span of a few months or so, the growth and changes by the Youngers’ over this period of time is more than physical. To begin, Mama, the head of the household in the Younger family, symbolizes the plant, as
All societies have their own problems. These can be things such as sibling rivalries, problems with people blending in, poverty, and sexism. Just as in the Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, these issues are common in many households even in our own society today. Despite the time period that the play is set in, these issues are present in today’s society.