The influence of these dreams can be different for every person, depending on how elaborate their ambitions may be, and the circumstances which they face in their lives. His employer calls and says if he isn't back at work the next day he is fired. At the end of each Act, have students work in groups of four analyzing the play using the following focus questions and activities: Characterization. Several weeks later, Walter continues to grow more despondent and skips work three days in a row. Expressing his pride in his family to a white man is a great accomplishment for Walter. Anonymous 12th Grade The American Dream varies for individuals, but for most it includes providing a stable home for their children and ensuring future generations will have more opportunities to become successful.
The black Younger family lived in a time period between 1945 and… 2823 Words 12 Pages there are none. The whole family is despondent. The option is immoral in the family's eyes, and prioritizes money over human dignity. A dream of financial security and comfortable living. Ruth, overcome by this stagnation, has lost hope.
Beneatha succinctly denounces God as only an idea that she does not believe in. Walter accuses Beneatha of being ungrateful for the sacrifices the family has made for her to go to college. She always talked about how her generation won their freedom and was proud to be able to no longer be thought of as slaves. Ruth Younger Walter's wife is a thirtyish, very laidback woman. It took about a year for producers Philip Rose and David Cogan to raise enough money from 150 investors to finance the play. He does not agree or support Beneatha's interest in African culture. What is the American Dream? Well, you tell that to my boy tonight when you put him to sleep on the living room couch.
She has a very positive attitude and an ensnaring personality. In it, she offers a firsthand account of her intentions behind writing A Raisin in the Sun, as she articulates her broader artistic philosophy. GradeSaver, 15 June 2006 Web. The plant that Mama cherishes and nurtures is used as a powerful symbol throughout the play. Letting go of it would be like giving up on her life. Hansberry was the youngest American, fifth woman and first black to win the award.
His head is in the clouds as he constantly searches for his next get-rich-quick scheme. He works as a chauffeur for a wealthy white family, the Arnolds. My mom keeps my family on track everyday just as Ruth does. Travis Younger Walter and Ruth's son is a 10-year-old boy who is a little spoiled, but is a good-natured child. Asagai is from Nigeria and brings Beneatha gifts of African robes and traditional music.
She is dating two men who represent very different aspects of African-American culture. Kathryn Larrivee The African-American experience of growing up in America changed dramatically throughout the course of the twentieth century, thus leading to differing views between the older and younger generations. In fact, Ruth is not only responding to the disappointments of her lifetime, but to the disappointments experienced by previous generations, as well. The apartment the Youngers live in has been relentlessly cleaned over the years. It was first produced in 1959. Mama is a loving person, she is wise but lives in the past.
This lesson can be taught as part of a unit on American Literature and the Civil Rights Movement. Walter Lee Younger, the son and oldest child of mama… 1854 Words 8 Pages people grow together in an educational environment, where they can build friendships with students of other races. She goes through extreme emotions in the play such as happiness, sadness, anger, stress, and confusion. When the check arrives, Walter begs Mama yet again to let him borrow the money. Tell students that rather than present his audience with the answer to the poem's central question, Hughes develops the poem using a series of questions. However, his friendship with Romeo does make him connected with the Montague s. This is an ideal lesson for using an overhead projector.
Mama decides to support her son by giving him the rest of the money. At first, Walter is used to portray how the ambitious African American male succumbs to allowing success and money to lead to tearing of family ties. Ruth was being prevented from having a baby because of money problems; Walter was bringing himself down by trying to make the liquor store idea work. In this scene show the audience what happens to the Younger family six months after moving into the new house. It is a somewhat autobiographical account of what the author, Lorraine Hansberry, faced when her father purchased a home in a white neighborhood in the 1940s. As a chauffeur to a wealthy business man, Walter Lee has a greater awareness of opportunity in the world. He thinks money is the only way he can be successful; that money makes the man.
Through Asagai and sometimes through Beneatha , the audience gains valuable insight into African history, politics, art, and philosophy. Many important things can be learned from Ruth. She would sacrifice for her family, like working and not spend as much money. Ask students to think about what central question does the poem ask? He snaps at Travis and Beneatha, poking fun at his sister's dream of becoming a doctor. For example, even though Mama makes up for Travis when he gets into trouble with his parents, Travis earns money for carrying grocery bags and does not complain about sleeping on the living room sofa because he has no bedroom. She does not have time for world events or Walter's pipe dreams. When George arrives to take Beneatha out, Walter and Beneatha are not being well mannered, so Ruth takes control and tries to make-up for their behavior.
Walter Lee Younger is a man who is frustrated with his current position in life, and every disappointment he has encountered thus far. Through a discussion of the plot, characters, and themes you will learn about a family's struggle to improve their lives while being challenged by others who seek to deny this basic human right. There were four main characters that made the play a sellout, Lena, Ruth, Beneatha and Walter… 723 Words 3 Pages Raisin in the Sun What does Mama's plant represent and how does its symbol evolve over the course of the play? As the only member of the household with the opportunity to go to college, she sometimes flaunts her intellect. Walter is a chauffeur and Ruth works as a part-time maid. Walter want's the money so that he can prove that he is capable of making a future for his family. The head of this family, Mr.