He announces forthwith that he will go down on his knees to any white man who will buy the house for more than its face value. Each character is able to realize the importance of having a dream while still loving and caring for their family. Discuss students' responses and add any other details that you deem important based on your reading of To Be Young Gifted and Black. The major scene referring to racial injustice was when Mr. A Raisin in the Sun is the best play of the year, but the American theater today is an old man in a. In a well developed essay, explain why not taking Lindner's money was the right decision or explain why the better decision would have been to let Lindner buy back the house.
Its environment is harsh, unfavorable, yet it clings to life anyway—somewhat like Walter, whose life should long ago have extinguished any trace of heroism in him. Walter grows up and becomes a man. There are many problems in this family, but mostly it revolves around the character of Mama and how she longs to give her family a better life through the money she receives when her husband dies. Ruth and Lena try to persuade him of the folly of this plan. Walter who is discontent with his living situation, believes that an insurance check that his mother will be receiving will solve all of the families problems and allow for a better life.
And even Travis knows that he can make extra money by delivering groceries, an activity his mother forbids because of his age. There was a lot of tension in the Younger household. A film version for which Hansberry had written the screen-play was also released in 1961. Both Miller and Lorraine created a theme of achieving goals, Willy Loman just wanted to earn the respect of the people around him while Walter Younger wanted to get rich quick and support his family. The frustrations that they deal with does not only affect them, but it also affects their families as well. But before long Walter Lee has lost what remains of the money to a deceitful chum.
Through his character, Hansberry is able to illustrate many of the class tensions that exist within the African-American culture. Conflicts in the Play - There are many types of conflict evident in this play. The playwright who is a Negro is faced with a special problem. The scene previously served to reinforce the various forms of opposition that the Youngers might face. What type of man was Mr. A playwright with serious intentions, like Miss Hansberry, has to avoid both pitfalls, has to try to write not a Negro play, but a play in which the characters are Negroes.
These pressures increase when Walter's wife, Ruth, finds out that she is pregnant for the second time, and begins seriously contemplating abortion. The matriarch of the family, Mama dreamt of being a homeowner in a better neighborhood and providing for her family. The most significant scene which openly portrays racism, however, is the visit with Karl Lindner. Weales is an American drama critic; he is a winner of the Award for drama criticism and the author of numerous books on drama. She bought that house not because she wanted to make a political statement but because it was big enough for her family and within her price range.
Domina Domina is a poet and author who also teaches at Hofstra University. American fiction, it seems to me, is alive now and aware of its life. In Act Two, Scene One, she recounts a childhood memory to her boyfriend, Joseph Agasai, about observing a bad sledding accident when she was younger. Yet his presence also raises the issue of class tensions within the black community. The thing that never changes about the American Dream is that everyone deserves something in life and everyone, somehow, should strive to get it. Mama comes into the room, and Beneatha introduces her to Asagai. The mother is a more conventional figure—the force, compounded of old virtues and the strength of suffering, that holds the family together.
While Hansberry may not have been financially poor, segregation did deprive her of a safe and a happy childhood Williams 437. Analyzing Mama's relationships with family members can show us her view on parenting and ultimately show us her devotion to her family. These lines demonstrate the ideological differences between their generations. He wants to rise into wealth and live as his employer, Mr. Linder is a part of the New Neighbors Orientation Committee that welcomes.
Beneatha makes a choice between marrying an establishment successful black man named George Murchison. Her husband and herself had never been able to save the money to buy a house with a yard big enough for a garden. It is a powerful character study about the effects of discrimination and racism on the human soul, and the buoyancy of the human spirit. The obvious reaction to such shows is the protest play, the Negro agit-prop, which can be as false to American Negro life as die musicals. He wants badly to be an independent man and own a business. What type of man is Walter? After several curtain calls, the audience began to shout for the author, whereupon Mr. When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Weales critiques the traditional form of the play, suggesting that the form guarantees stereotypes despite the qualities of the play that Weales himself praises.