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Being a colored person herself, Mama had very few civil liberties. For example, she tells us that “after second grade, the school was closed down,” (745) and this is why she remained uneducated and could not read. On the other hand, Mama was used to hard work that she carried out with her “rough, man- working hands.” (744) Even though she did not have an easy life, Mama had a strong and rich personality based on her spirituality. She had not accomplished much in life, but yet, she was proud of who she was and contented for what life had to offer her.
“Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry is another epic family story that pulls at our heart strings as it sheds light on a crisis that takes place in a family who dream of a better life for themselves. In comparison with Mama in Walker’s story “Everyday Use”, Mama in Hansberry’s story is more aggressive and a bit ambitious as she tries to manipulate things in her family because she wants them to have a better life. She is not content to sit back and watch as the family drama unfolds with all its conflicts. Mama dreams of a good home and a better life for her family and tries to make this dream come true by encouraging the other members in the family. Mama fully understands the ability of her children and tries to guide them accordingly. Her children try to pursue their dreams and when this is not achieved, they express their frustration and do things that usually they would not attempt to do. Beneatha, her daughter, educates herself and has many aspirations of leading a better life while Walter always tries to find the easy way out and prefers to make quick money. For example, when Mama tries to buy them a house in a White neighborhood, the White people want to return back their money because they do not favor having a Black family in their neighborhood and Walter wants to help them even at the cost of putting his family’s dreams at stake.
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