A Raisin in the Sun
By: Daniel Alejandro Mendivil Ahuatzin
Racism is a major issue that has affected the United States since its discovery. Racism is the hatred by a person of one race pointed at a person of another race. The United States has grown up to improve as a whole but this process is a long way away from completion. Some citizens still believe that African-Americans are inferior to Caucasians and that they should be slaves. In the 1950s, whites and blacks were segregated to a point that they could not go to the same schools or even use the same bathrooms. Chief Justice Earl Warren abolished the segregation of schools in May of 1954. The desegregation of schools has ...view middle of the document...
“She is one of those women of a certain grace and beauty who wear it so unobtrusively that it takes a while to notice. She has wit and faith of a kind that keeps her eyes lit and full of interest and expectancy. Mama is, in a word, a beautiful woman. Thomas Adler asserts, “Her speech is as careless as her carriage is precise-she is inclined to slur everything-but her voice is perhaps not so much quiet as simply soft”(826). Her husband died a before the beginning of the play leaving the Younger family a ten thousand dollar life insurance check. Mama works very hard to try and help her family have the best, especially for Travis.
Walter believed that Ruth and Mama should not have work since it makes him seem cowardly. Ruth and Mama want to support the family by cooking and cleaning the houses of people in the neighborhood. Walter’s discrimination toward Mama and Ruth is a sign of the times. Women did not commonly work in the 1950s and 60s. The women were generally in charge of taking care of the children and the house or apartment.
The community of Clybourne Park places a stigmatism on the Youngers’ simply because they are of African-American descent. Previous African-American families who lived in Clybourne Park were bombed and had other disturbing thing done to their house and family. This can be related to the time of the play’s publication due to the civil rights movement by the African-American race. The late 1950s to the early 60s were a time of various hate crimes. African-American churches were burnt down by white supremacy fighters as well as thousands of homes occupied by African-Americans.
Walter Lee has many internal problems, which hurt his character. Walter Lee tends to drink too much when he goes to a bar and come home intoxicated. He started relying on the bar after getting in a fight at home or if he was down. Walter Lee possesses a temper got him into trouble by causing him to say things that he did not mean.
Ruth faces a major decision of whether or not to keep the baby she was pregnant with. Her marriage with Walter is in a downward spiral and forced her to...