A Man 's World, A Woman 's Love

1132 WordsNov 30, 20145 Pages
A Man’s World, A Woman’s Love Life in the 1950’s was racist and hard for black people. Most blacks worked for upper class whites. Their dreams appeared to be out of reach. Although hoping for a better tomorrow, they still dreamed of a perfect day. Because of the hardship black men and women faced; their personalities, dreams and work ethics differed. In the short play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, although there are similarities in their work ethics; the personalities and dreams of the characters are as different as night and day. Black person, working in the 50’s was more meaningless and limited than jobs of today. Some of the jobs that black people held in the 50’s consisted of maids, nannies, and chauffeurs for…show more content…
Bennie going to school was a challenge in a racist world. Even though Walter, Ruth, and Mama all worked for a rich white family, Bennie’s job was to become rich and educated. Black men and women of the 50’s had strong, prideful attitudes. Walter had a fun side to him, like his wife Ruth. They would joke around, yet they knew when to be serious. Walter believed he was the man of the house and his opinion should be top of the list. Walter was one sided and only thought about himself. Mama tried to allow Walter to be the king, however she knew Walter was still immature and foolish. Unlike Walter, Mama, was a quite loving person who put her family first and wanted to provide a nice home for the family. She was a religious women who believed God would find a way to make her dreams come true, but Walter was a loud boisterous man who did not think about the best interest of the family. He looked for the quickest way out. Ruth, wanted the family happy and did not want to burden anyone. With a news of a new addition to the family, Ruth stresses over abortion and survival. She was the mediator between her husband and the rest of the family. She sided with her husband, but also tried to talk sense to him, unlike Bennie who liked to taunt Walter. “You are a nut,” Bennie told Walter after a discussion about the money. (pg987) Bennie was a free spirit, history seeking woman. Unlike Ruth, Bennie was
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