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With $10,000 worth of insurance check, Hansberry asks if this is enough to buy their American Dreams. Raisin in the Sun depicts the deferred American Dream, where blacks diverge on their ideas of being African American and how this affects their definition of the American Dream, but as a family, they resolved their individual differences through affirming racial equality through racial integration and the variety of their dreams.
The play argues that the poverty of the black working-class is a product of racial prejudice and a misplaced sense of humility. The setting of A Raisin in the Sun embodies the constrained life of African Americans. The Southside Apartment of the Youngers is a place of “weariness” where “too many people have lived for too long” (Hansberry Act 1 Scene 1). Blacks are compressed in a limited space through the policies and programs of the government that rely on racial prejudice. May talks about the space that limits African American growth, a space that ensures their poverty. She says: “Hansberry speaks to the material/ecological situatedness of her characters’ lives” (May 130). Most blacks rented and did not own their houses, a situation that Lena wanted to change. For her, having a house in a white neighborhood is already the realization of her American Dream. Walter thinks differently, however. Washington argues that Lena’s American Dream opposes Walter’s version of it. He asserts: “[Lena’s] is in short, not the true American Dream, but a second-class version of it reserved for Black Americans and other poor people” (Washington 130). Lena has a misguided sense of humility because she sees that a house is enough. Walter knows better because he does not aim for mere existence, but a true sense of development through a business undertaking. But Lena warns him of taking more than what the white society can afford to give blacks. She says: “When a man goes outside
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Utilizing a verity of techniques Daniel Petrie, the director of the film , A Raisin in the Sun(1961) did not only preserved the originality of the play, but also successfully transferred this classic of Afro American literature into a highly commendable film.
I. The play explicates the theme of how individuals must struggle against social afflictions in order to survive. A. Each of the members of the Youngers’ family must fight against the problems of poverty and deprivation. B. Walter must struggle to fulfill his social obligations of providing for the family C.
The film also deals with issues of homophobia and sexism, white skin privilege and poverty. It also brings into focus daily human challenges with regard to responsibilities and love which become controversial in the face of poverty witnessed in an urban dwelling.
Materialism is the preoccupation with material objects and comforts. It is placing an emphasis or stress upon the material world. It causes one to develop a disinterest in or total rejection of intellectual, spiritual or cultural values. It is an interest in and a desire for money and possessions, as opposed to ethical values and spirituality.
Lorraine Hansberry ensures that she creates a perfect tragedy in the play “A Raisin in the Sun”. This is because her protagonist, Walter Lee displays all the characteristics of a tragic hero in the same play (Rorty 33).
In fact, in the most parts of the novel or story, race is depicted as the main obstacle in dream accomplishment. This allows Lorraine to draft a universally appealing story and enable the audience to understand the main effect of race in family lives of Americans.
Racism and class struggle characterized the period just after the end of Second World War. There was clear distinction between the white Americans and the black Americans in the American society. The struggle for class prosperity and development created heightened levels of tension, not only among the family members, but also among the society.
Bruce Norris narrates about the community resistance experienced after a black family bought a house from a white family (Aagensen 57). The similar Karl Lindner found in “A Raisin in the Sun” uses a “transforming” neighborhood culture and plummeting property values as reasons to convince the white owners of the house not to agree to sell it to an African American family.
Walter believes that it is through working hard on his own, that he can manage to pull himself and also his family out of the chains of poverty, social injustice and low dignity class that his family belongs to (Morrin, 27). This way, he dreams of becoming a wealthy