Essay on Compare Contrast a Raisin in the Sun

1026 Words Oct 28th, 2010 5 Pages
Frontina Taylor
English Comp II
Jaime Barrett

Compare and Contrast A Raisin In The Sun Essay

In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, and 1961 movie written by Lorraine Hansberry and presented by Columbia pictures, one of the most important themes is the American Dream. Many of the characters have hopes and dreams. They all strive towards their goals throughout. However, many of the characters have different dreams that clash with each other. Problems seem to arise when different people’s dreams conflict with one another. Another theme is racism. Racism was rampant during the 1950’s and this often hindered African American dreams. What is the American dream? In the play, A Raisin in the Sun,
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This caused tension among the family for there was constant arguing and bicke- ring. This situation is far to common in families today, particularly is there is money involved and everyone has their own dreams as to what to do with it. At the end of the play Walter looses $6,500 dollars therefore hindering his and Benetha’s dream. Lena held onto her dream by moving the family to the new house. Another theme and issue that arrives from the play A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, is racism. During the 1950’s blacks and whites were segregated. The house the Younger’s purchased was in the Clybourne Park neighborhood, an all white neighborhood. When Lena told the family they were moving to Clybourne Park they stood with amazement. “Mama, there ain’t no colored people in Clybourne Park” (p.734). The family heard of other colored families’ houses being set on fire in this neighborhood, they were concerned that the same thing would happen to them.

In the film A Raisin In The Sun in 1961, written by Lorraine Hansberry and presented by Columbia Pictures, there are several adaptations that were added and deleted. One adaptation that was added was the different settings. In the play (Hansberry), the setting primarily takes place in the Younger’s living room. The film presents different settings such as Walter’s and Ruth’s bedroom, Benetha’s and Mama’s bedroom, the bar, Walter at work, and the new house.
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