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A Raisin In The Sun Essay

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Society influence on gender roles.
Studies from all over the world have shown us how gender norms in a society or culture can influence the way a person feel, act and most importantly think. Culture and society can be sometime be interchangeably used because most people tend to live in a society where they find a matching culture. Therefore every individual growing up in a particular society develops a clearly defined ideas of what constitutes appropriate behavior for men and women. These behaviors are not innate but are learned either through enforcement or by simple observation. Sociologist often uses gender role, or sex role as a vital tool to study family interaction because ...view middle of the document...

Poverty not only becomes an issue outside of the family but mostly inside and that is exactly what’s Hansberry introduces to us in the through the first scene. The Youngers are an intergenerational family living together in a small two bedroom apartment. In the beginning the advantages of having in an intergenerational family is well observed in the family. Although they are five, a two bedroom apartment is enough to satisfy their present need. Travis, Ruth’s son, sleeps on the couch and thus they save money. Travis is young and he gets his grandmother, mom and dad to share his emotions, often get extra money for his school. But as the play progress and we are introduced to more characters, we find a confusion arising in the family.
The Youngers are initially broke but they expect that the insurance money of ten thousand dollars that they would receive will change their life forever. Although everyone in the family has a dream to make their life and family better, their ways are different. This is where the problem begins in the Younger’s family. Walter is a dreamer who is not sure of his actions. He wants to invest the money in his friend’s liquor shop which he believes to be a worthy investment and will bring them good fortune. While on the other hand, Ruth and Mama is against Walter’s ideas and they want to buy a house which they believe would give their family
a better position in the society. Beneatha, Mama’s daughter, being a girl wants pursue a medical degree which she believes would end their poverty in the long run. I feel that Beneatha is a girl who is ahead of her time. Like her name suggests, she is a girl who wants to go beneath something that a girl at her time would rather not. This confrontations within the family leads to frustrations among the members leading to various arguments based on position and gender to determine how the money would be used.
An author’s view on some aspects of life are often reflected through their literary works. Hansberry’s, “A Raisin in the Sun” also shows how the black family struggles throughout the play with the hopes to achieve manhood in the eyes of the society. It was quite a similar struggle for Hansberry (1930-1965) and her family. Both of her parents were activist who tried to abate the racism in Chicago. Hansberry once said, “American racism helped kill him” when his father, Carl Augustus Hansberry died. Although Walter has countless difficulties to gain his manhood, most of his difficulties are centered on his own family. It’s almost in the beginning of the play where we are introduced to one of the major conflicts in Walter’s life in achieving manhood – his relationship with Ruth. Walter keeps blaming Ruth for holding him back and preventing him from achieving his goals. He exclaims that she, “couldn’t be on his side that long”. According to Walter, “a man needs a woman to back him up” but instead Ruth holds him back and...

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