In the play A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, Beneatha (Bennie) Younger is a fiery young woman, aspiring doctor, anti-assimilationist, sister of Walter Lee Younger, sister-in-law of Ruth Younger, and daughter to Lena Younger. Her views about the world during the 20th century are extremely modern compared to those she’s surrounded by at the time. This monologue was written to showcase Beneatha’s distaste for George’s treatment of her, her feisty attitude, her belief in the power of women, her love of African tradition, and her desire to become a doctor. Beneatha and George, from the very beginning of their faux relationship, experience a conflict of interest. Before this monologue begins, Beneatha has just gotten back from a date
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” - Aristotle. Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun with many subjects in mind, including how to address topics such as racism, sexism, poverty, and self-discovery. Her character Beneatha Younger, an ambitious, selfish, childlike woman, hopes to become a doctor while simultaneously trying to “find herself”. The rest of the Younger family, including her mother, brother, and sister-in-law, view Beneatha as an eccentric young girl who refuses to grow up. Despite her family’s views of her, Beneatha shows maturity when the time calls for it and proves to everyone, even herself, that maturity comes when you find yourself.
The play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry debuted on Broadway in 1959, and the movie was made in 2008. “A Raisin in the Sun” is about the Younger family, the fifth generation of lower-class African-Americans living in Chicago’s Southside. They are faced with problems such as racial discrimination, poverty, and conflicting dreams. As the family decides on how to spend the insurance check of $10,000 from Walter’s father’s death, these problems cause many conflicts to rise. Reading the 1959 play and the 2008 movie, I have realized certain similarities and differences in how the story plays out.
Reader Response: 3 “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, is a play about a black families experience in 1950s South Side Chicago. The story revolves around what happens to the family when Lena Younger, the matriarch of the family, receives a ten thousand dollar life insurance check upon the death of her husband. Everyone from the family has different plans for what they want to do with the money. Lena Younger serves as the head of the family. She is Walter and Beneatha’s caring mother so they and Ruth call her Mama.
Simone de Beauvoir a literary critic analyzed Louise Anderson’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and the black matriarchal stereotypes. The American Black woman in this case mama faces a daily struggle in the Southside of Chicago. The First black matriarchal stereotype presented to the reader, as black males are not independent. Anderson uses the example of mama and how she interacts with her son and daughter in law. The second stereotype as black matriarch being “very religious.” As well as being a mother, mama is focused on her children by giving up everything.
At fourteen years old, Billie Jo living in Joyce City, Oklahoma with her mother and father during the Great Depression during the 1930’s. Billie Jo and her parents struggled to live their lives during the Great Depression, because The Dust Bowl destroyed many crops, and Billie Jo’s family were farmers. Her father, a wheat farmer, works what’s left of the farm and her mother spends her time cleaning the house. While her mother being pregnant, Billie Jo does her best to make her mother proud. Suddenly a horrific accident happened, Billie Jo’s mother gets burnt really bad due to kerosene left next to the stove, and catching on fire.
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.
In Hansberry’s, “Raisin in the Sun,” the taken out “Mrs. Johnson” scene should definitely be included in the play. Mrs. Johnson is an intriguing and striking character whose presence makes the audience question the reason why she decides to visit the Youngers before their move. Her character adds comic relief to the play, allows the readers to question whether Mama makes the right decision to purchase the house in Clybourne Park, and reveals the pride Mama has towards Walter and his entrepreneurial intentions. It seems to me that Hansberry’s, “A Raisin in the Sun,” needs a character like Mrs. Johnson to brighten up the mood of the play, especially after the scene that precedes Mrs. Johnson’s.
Beyoncé said, “In my mind we would perform on Star Search, we would win, we would get a record deal and that was my dream at the time,” then she realized that “you could actually work super hard and give everything you have and lose.” It was “the best message,” she added, because it made her more determined than ever. That’s why it’s on her album.” (newsfeed.time.com) Beyoncé not only included a personal failure from her career as an artist, but she used it as a symbol that even if you are “flawless”, you still can lose sometimes. Beyonce is one of the most successful female artists, even though her career began with a loss and disappointment. Beyoncé also included, “I took some time to live my life”, which addresses the break she took from her music career, and traveled to Egyptian
The Awakening is a book written by Kate Chopin and it is quite a journey. Being just over a hundred pages in length, this novel gives an adequate picture of the protagonist Edna Pontellier, who consistently challenges the roles that society has placed on her. In her own words, she says “I would give my life for my children, but I wouldn’t give myself ” (45). This not only foreshadows her ultimate fate, but it also shows the readers that Edna is not willing to suppress her passions and desires for anybody. It appears that Chopin is making the argument in her book that Edna’s form of resistance, while admirable, comes at a price.