Theme Of Conflict In A Raisin In The Sun And Fences

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Major Conflicts in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and August Wilson’s Fences: a Comparative Study “An effective way to begin to discuss the play 's significance is to ask about the major conflicts in the play” (Lund, 84) Introduction As the title of this paper suggests, there are major conflicts which somehow frame the thematic scope of both plays. These conflicts revolve around money and race. After reading the two texts and many other paper and electronic references, it becomes clear enough, for me, that Hansberry was aware that if conflicts like these are well managed on both paper and stage, they can serve to reflect the tensions in relations between, either family members with each other, or with the society outside. Talking about this, Darwin T. Turner in Past and Present in Negro American Drama writes that “ in A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry dramatized sympathetically but amusingly the tensions of Negro family, who must fight themselves as well as the white world outside” (26) . Similarly, Wilson in Fences was also conscious that such a mixture, where money and race are put together, is poisonous since it leads characters to destructive conflicts like the ones between the father Troy and his son Corry or also between black and white minorities. However, these conflicts are still of paramount importance because of the historical and human significance they give to the play. Starting from the

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