Mama is always hoping that the plant will pull through and survive. She feels the same way for her family. She hopes that they will be able to move into a new house with a garden and live a better life. “…Big Walter used to say, he’d get right wet in the eyes sometimes, lean his head back with the water standing in his eyes and say, ‘Seem like God didn’t see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams – but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worth while.’”(Act 1, Scene 1; 47). This proves that Mama wanted the best for her family.
She tells him “I’m going to be a successful doctor one day. Nothing you can say will change that.” A black woman becoming a doctor at the time is unheard of, but Bennie is determined to finish medical school and begin practicing. This determination reinstates her motivations as a black woman to break out of the stereotypes set for her. She concludes her statement by telling him to change his attitude, and learn a lesson about objectification, but states that she won’t be around if he does, meaning, George and she will no longer be going on dates. Beneatha is powerful for turning down George, an educated man with a much richer family than hers, but she is progressive for choosing her happiness over wealth.
The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, tells the story of how the standards of society influence two siblings. Tom and Laura Wingfield are two miserable people who no matter how hard they try, cannot seem to fit in. The play takes place in St. Louis, 1937, in which men and women have specific roles and expectations. Men are expected to have jobs, get married and provide for their family. Women are expected to get married, have babies and stay home to raise their children.
The apartment is his mother’s. The idea of manhood to Walter is more than just running the household but supplying for his family and allowing them to be happy. At the time, the Younger family is struggling financially and they the mother of travis, Ruth, is going to have another baby. He then blames his relationship with his wife as holding him back from becoming a good husband. This shows that Walter can’t do anything while himself and his family does not believe in him.
In the domestic tragedy play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, describes how a family is dealing with financial expenses. The expenses are outrageous because Lena, also known as Mama, has a daughter named Beneatha and attends medical school while the family is paying for the house. The family wants to move into a nicer house, and they work hard to get there. Mama is expecting a ten thousand dollar check inherited by her husband that had died. The father, Walter, wants to buy a liquor store and to finally be in control, but the wife, Ruth, and, Mama, do not want him to.
Mama uses the plant as her fuel to always put the family first and to remember her dreams, as well as remind her family of theirs (Shmoop Editorial Team). Throughout the play, Mama’s plant symbolizes many things to the Younger family.
Each family member has his or her own idea as to how the money should be spent. Lena, also known as Mama, wants to buy a house in a white neighborhood; her son Walter wants to invest in a liquor store; and her daughter Beneatha wants to go to medical school. In Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, gender roles are revealed through the evolving characters inside the Younger family. The play represents strong female characters: the time-honored Mama, the supportive Ruth, and the reformist Beneatha. In The Roof of a Southern Home: A Reimagined and Usable South in Lorraine Hansberry 's a Raisin in the Sun William Murray writes, “Mama is a convincing spokesperson for the family’s Southern history, in large part, because she was familiar and seemed real to audiences while managing to avoid the dominant stereotypes that permeated the culture” (283).
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.
“I’m catching the eleven-forty,” replied Malcom. “are you going’ down wi’ th’ trap, Joe?” “Yes, I’ve told you I’m going down wi’th trap, haven’t I?” (Page 509, Paragraph 60) This just goes to confirm that it’s easier for Men during that time period to find jobs to make ends meet. Whereas Mable doesn’t have the luxury of being on her own. She has the opportunity to go live with her sister, Lucy. Except Mabel doesn’t want to go live with her.
At first, they respond with pride, unwilling to find another house to live in. Then, Walter’s friend Bobo informs him that the money he gave to his thought-to-be partner, Willy, ended up running with the money, putting Walter’s dream of fame and fortune and ultimately the family’s financial situation as well as Beneatha’s aspiration of being a doctor in jeopardy. Finally, Walter, calls back the representative thinking that he will accept the offer and give the money to the family, but instead tells him that they will move into the house instead of getting paid to move elsewhere. The family then joyfully moves out of their tight, dingy, and oppressive and into their new house with hopes of a fresh start and new
Exam The poem relates to the play when it 's talking about Walter’s dream drying up like A Raisin in the Sun. He wanted to open at liquor store with Willy and Bobo with the $10,000 insurance check from his father 's death. His mother refuses to invest and buys a house instead. “I don 't ‘low no yelling in this house, Walter Lee, and you know it and there ain 't going to be no investing in no liquor store. I don 't aim to have to speak on that again!”.
He doesn’t want to use any of Janie’s money she has. When Tea Cake and Janie first met, he would do things with her. The book says, “It was so crazy digging worms by the lamp light and setting out for Lake Sabelia after midnight that she felt like a child breaking rules” (102). Janie’s first two husbands, Logan and Joe would not do anything fun with Janie. Logan would have Janie working in the kitchen or the field and Joe would have her working in the store and have her as a “trophy wife” to look at.