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Theme Of A Raisin In The Sun

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Over the course of this paper, I will analyze two pivotal scenes from A Raisin in the Sun, and discuss how the conscious decisions made by the actors display the different themes of this play. The two particular scenes I have chosen can best display the power dynamic between Walter Lee and his grandma, representative of a struggle between old and new, for while Walter is part of a younger, risk-taking generation his mother is from a much more cautious generation just freed from slavery. The first scene I would like to discuss is in the opening, when Walther Lee speaks to his wife early in the morning. When Ruth and Walther Lee first get up, they have a heated confrontation regarding Walter Lee’s want to use the inheritance money to start a business. The argument reaches it’s conclusion when Walter states “Man say to his woman: I got me a dream. His woman say: Eat your eggs” (Hansberry, 37). During this scene, Walther’s actor uses motion to demonstrate the power struggle occurring in Walther’s life. He feels powerless and desperate, but is still clearly ambitious. Walther’s actor writhes in this scene when pleading with his wife. He speaks his words extremely quickly and passionately, making him sound desperate and nearly angry. The way he looms over his wife adds a sinister tone to his speech, making him both a sympathetic character, but also someone with deep personal flaws. The second scene I would like to discuss is when Walther Lee is at the bar while skipping work,
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