Race and Destiny

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Race and Destiny
In this paper, I will present the two stories then I’ll show how they compare and contrast. The first one is the drama by Hansberry and the second is the text of Ellison.
Since its first paragraphs, the “A Raisin in the Sun” focuses on a fundamental issue – poverty and how it’s related to race. Hansberry is drawing the portrait of a stereotypical situation, in the mid-20th century, when racial discrimination was linked to lack of money and vice versa. The plays spins around a check of $10000 from the insurance company, granted for the death of Mama’s husband. The story goes with discussing the investment choices about that sum of money. The main male character, Walter Younger, Mama’s son, is presented as man who is eager
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The story continues with an emphasis on black discrimination by white people, when Mrs. Johnson, a neighbor, brings a newspaper, which talks about a black house being bombed by some white people.
Later on, Walter is presented as a strong defender of his heritage, when Mr. Lindner, from the white neighborhood’s improvement association is trying to buy their newly acquired house, so that black people would stay out. Walter has firm decision:” . . . Get out of my house, man. ” (p. 1339) Walter makes some bad investment decision and choses wrong partners and, as a result, he loses some of the money, a situation which motivates him to almost accept Lindner’s offer. However, in the end he declares that “we have decided to move into our house because my father my father he earned it for us brick by brick”, thus proving that he finally understood the values of family and became proud of his black ancestry (p.1354).
The “Battle Royal”, Ellision’s novel, describes a boy who deals with the society having racial problems. The story goes like this: he looked back his life, “I accepted their answer too though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve.” One day grandfather was on the deathbed warning the society but people thought he was insane. It had a tremendous effect upon me, however. I could never be sure of what he meant(P.298). As you can see, this boy couldn’t realize how miserable society was. He couldn’t understand what the
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