Thursday, April 27, 2006

A review of the screenplay: A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun is a captivating screenplay written by Lorraine Hansberry in the late 1950s. Ms Hansberry was only the second African American woman to have a show début on Broadway; needless to say it won many awards and is considered an American Classic Today. It was Ms Hansberry ambition to write a realistic play, which everyone could relate to, she wrote on the American Dream.

The setting takes place in Chicago in the early 60s, in a black family’s apartment. The storyline revolves around dreams and hardships, but most importantly the insurance check that will be coming in the mail from their father/husbands death. It was always the dream of the parents to own their own house, their own piece of earth. Of course, Momma wanted to make their dream a reality, when the $10,000 check came. He had worked all her life, cleaning other people’s dream homes; she wanted one of her own. Momma, a gentle and kind woman, looked out for the best for her children and grandchildren. Her grown son on the other hand, Walter Lee, was a bit selfish and careless. He lived in his parent’s home with his wife and son. It was Walter Lee’s dream to open a business of his own; in this case it was a liquor store he wanted to open with some of his shady pals. He was selfish in the fact that everything was always about him, him, him and he thought that his wife, Ruth was not supportive and only drug him down. The fact of the matter is that Ruth was his backbone, he just didn’t know it. She cooked, cleaned, and made sure that his life was pretty carefree for the most part. I think that she is perhaps the most selfless character next to her mother-in-law, Lena. Ruth worked to contribute to the household on a whole, she worked to put clothes on everyone’s backs include her sister-in-law, Benny. Even still, Walter Lee was careless; he didn’t know how to invest his money in a business endeavor, so in turn he got burned. He paid little attention to his wife and son and was more concerned about people supporting him, when everyone else in the family supported each other.

Furthermore Benny, the younger sister, was a little self centered as well. She wanted the insurance money from the death of her father to help her pay for medical school. This would not benefit the family, just her, since she had plans to go to Africa after Medical school. She planned to leave her family after she benefited and would not give them anything in return. Through many battles and arguments Momma and the rest of the family finally reach a census in achieving their hopes of an American Dream.


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