Importance of family is a central concern emphasized by various characters in the play. The struggle to gain economic independence among family members forms a vital concern throughout the Hansberry’s play. The play…
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A clear theme that emerges from this quotation is Mama and Walter’s desires to have financial stability. MAMA: Oh – So now it’s life. Money is life. Once upon a time freedom used to be life – now it’s money. (Hansberry 522)”. The excerpt from Hansberry’s play represents Mama’s words in Act 1, scene II. Her words express her wonder as to why Walter always speaks of money. According to Walter, success is dependent on an individual’s perspective.. Besides depicting the Mama and Walters’ struggles, the excerpt epitomizes the difference between ideals held by young and elderly generations. Mama represents the elderly generation that views social life as fundamental and promotes family ties. Walter, contrary to Mama, represents the young generation. Walter perceives having money as ultimate freedom, even at the expense of family ties. The young generation has love for money and other material possessions, but disregards family ties that promote family life.
Asagai expresses deep passion for money. This excerpt from Hansberry represents a conversation between Asagai and Beneatha. The two characters had a conflict following Bobo’s information to them that Walter incurred loss of money in investments. “ASAGAI: Then isn’t there something wrong in a house – in a world – where all dreams, good or bad, must depend on the death of a man? (Hansberry 565)”. Beneatha expresses cynicism over perceived challenges in the future caused by the loss in investment. It also connotes the characters’ crave to be wealthy. Based on their reactions to the news of loss in investments, it is evident that Asagai and Beneatha value money compared to social dimensions of life including family relations.
Mama’s words express disappointment and discontentment about the loss. In this excerpt, Mama speaks to Beneatha concerning Walter’s loss of money. She expresses
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Walter Lee Younger, the son, is desperate of becoming a better family provider and wants to invest this whole package into a liquor store together with his two other friends.Walter believes that this investment will wipe away the financial problems of the family forever.
The major weaknesses of this study are concentrated on the play “A Raisin in the Sun” that has attained elevated popularity from 1959. This play traces its geographical setting within the USA. There are diverse characters in this piece of art. They interact and act to attain the objective of educating and entertaining the audience.
This paper aims at exploring how Lorraine Hansberry’s play ‘A Rising in the Sun’ exploits its themes. The play uses the main characters to depict individual ambition and dreams. These are emphasized through events and symbols that collectively embody the maltreatment and inequality of Africa-Americans pursuing the American dream.
Lord Byron in his famous ode, ‘To His Lyre; An Ode’ has very meticulously quoted thus: “I wish to tune my quivering lyre, To deeds of fame, and notes of fire; Fir’d with hope of future fame, I seek some nobler Hero’s name” (Byron 1832). To comprehend the exact position of a Tragic Hero, the insight provided by the author Karuna Shanker Mishra in his book, “The Tragic Hero Through Ages” is apt and befitting to pass any judgment about the modern Tragic Hero, Walter Lee from the play, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ by Loraine Hansberry.
Mama who is a 60-year woman and the mother of the family acquires an insurance check of $10,000 after her husband’s dies. This money is what sets the play in motion and forms its plot. Walter Lee Younger the son to mama however wants the whole sum of money to himself so that he may start a liquor store.
Mama thinks of her family and their situation while Beneatha can only think of herself. These conflicting personalities are what makes all the difference for both women in regard to the overall results of their lives. Their contrasting
Not as widely recognized, the social boundaries for black people in Northern cities were significant. In “A Raisin in the Sun”, Lorraine Hansberry exposes the hidden cultural boundaries her characters encounter as they each define a modest version of the