A Raisin in the Sun is an inspirational book/play that tells the overcoming story of an African-American family Going through the terrible struggles of Chicago in the 1950’s. Greg Kincaid once said “No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear.”. This explains Beneatha younger, a young woman who tries to find herself while dealing with others scrutinizing and being treated like a child in her family. In conclusion, Beneatha younger is an overpowering character that is shaping her life through independence, an education, and growing closer to her
Nanny’s portion of the novel shines a light on how Janie really views the world compared to her grandmothers. Ultimately Nanny wants Janie to be happy and well taken care of by any means necessary, regardless of how Janie feels. Nanny grew up while being in slavery and lived a hard, loveless life. She ended up getting pregnant with a white man, which to some degree helped her life and the life of her daughter better than it was before. Nanny believes that having the “ultimate life” is based off of status and what the man can bring to the table and provide for her, not solely from mutual
Another critical moment occurs when she concludes her infatuation with Robert means more than originally thought and that she would miss him dearly while he moved to Mexico (61). Then Edna also comes to the understanding that the house she lives in with her husband does not feel like home. The possessions and money that fill the house constantly remind her that she has no materialistic belongings of her own. Therefore, she decides to move out and create her own personal haven (107). With clear eyes after having relationships with three men she realizes that she actually loves only one of them and she makes a hasty decision when she cannot physically have Robert (113).
Many people in the world would just follow what they were taught even if it’s wrong. Would you? In the novel Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair, the main character, Stevie develops into a young lady who knows how to think for herself. Stevie lets her peers and family influence her physically and mentally, but over the course of the novel, Stevie learns how to resist this oppression by standing up for what she wants and her beliefs. In the end, she lets go of the negative ties to her life.
Survival:Putting Trust in Others In the novel Kindred, the main story centers on the struggles and hardships the main character, Dana Franklin faces as she is stuck in the Antebellum South, a world that isn’t so accepting of her. She desperately tries to return to her own time in Los Angeles 1976. The fact that Dana is a person of color and is stuck in the Antebellum South makes her subject to cruel, bitter treatment by white slaveholders. In Kindred, Octavia Butler describes survival as putting trust in others and making decisions one might regret otherwise; Dana’s personal decisions affected not only herself but others including Rufus, Alice, and Kevin. In one of Dana’s trips back to the Antebellum South, Dana and Kevin were separated in a different time with Dana returning without Kevin.
Harriet Jacobs Incidence In The Life of A Slave Girl is Harriet’s very own autobiography, written to highlight impactful moments of her life as a child in slavery, moments during mother hood and eventually to her quest North to gain both the freedom of herself and her children as well. Episodes in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriett Jacobs, who took the pseudonym Linda Brent, is a convincing novel intended to bring out a women's activist voice in its perusers. Jacobs utilizes the force of her words and encounters as a slave to draw out the women's activist in men and ladies, however particularly in the white, Northern lady. She hopes to draw out "an abolitionist voice [that she, a] slave mother is relying upon her white, Northern, female
Mama wants her family to feel safe. It is for this reason that some may argue that Mama is still yearning to complete stage 2 of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Mama is also in this stage because she adheres to what her husband used to 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” (Hansberry 46). Though some members of her family are acclimated to white culture, Mama sees that they are still viewed down upon. She also realizes that Black people sometimes put themselves down because they think they are worthless, and therefore wants Walter to understand that just because he is Black doesn’t make him any less of a person.
In her excerpt “The Living is Easy” creates a story of a woman who can’t escape the circumstance of which she was raised while struggling with her self-identity. The main Character Cleo represents the middle class of African American society but she wants more for herself and her family. She wants the Boston American dream. She is not one to indulge in the ways of her southern brothers. Instead one either “black or white, should consider himself a special species of fish.”(West 116) Using the word
Dreams and aspirations is what keeps the Younger family motivated regardless of race and injustice. In the film A Class Divided, a white women said “white is right”, meaning to the color of your skin, I wonder if this is true? We currently live in the United States of America, a great nation, many travel the world to find freedom, seek justice and obtain civil rights. Hansberry experienced an “ugly childhood” (Thomas 52) growing up in Black Chicago neighborhood. She faced injustice with housing
However, the Everglades replied that her life should not be decided for her, and that she deserves love. As stated by Janie, “love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin’ thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it’s different with every shore” (Hurston 191). This proves that with every setting and husband, life and love is different. Conclusively, this proves that the two primary settings in Their Eyes Were Watching God contribute immensely to the novel, by presenting Janie with two choices of lifestyle, allowing for her to select, herself, and helping her find her true identity, along the