The Author's Experiences of Opression in Loraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in The Sun” and Milcha Sanchez-Scott’s “The Cuban Swimmer”

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Both authors are from minority cultures, and both describe the same harsh pressures from the dominant culture. Both author’s share situations of being outcasts, coming from different racial backgrounds and trying to triumph over these obstacles.

A Raisin in the Sun and The Cuban Swimmer both share common themes, themes of discrimination, dreams, opportunity, and gender roles. Between both plays one theme stood out the most, which was simply the importance of family. The Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun is struggling socially and economically, but comes together in the end to purchase a home. Walter and Benetha learn the value of family toward the end of the play. Benetha denies Walter as a brother after he looses the large amount money that was going to contribute to her schooling, in a get rich quick scheme. The family has come together to deny Mr. Lindner racist remarks regarding the home. Lena youngers dream of the family coming together to purchase a brand new home is now her reality.

In The Cuban Swimmer the whole play surrounds a Cuban American family on a raggedy boat following their daughter swimming from San Pedro to Catalina Island, off the coast of California. Margarita’s father coaches her to push harder, her brother cracks jokes to hide his jealousy, her mother is in…
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