Only less than a handful of films, al … l produced by somewhat Intrepid or at least daring producers, did manage to get through the cracks- and included Pinkey which featured a White actress in a racially-mixed role the Imitation of Life elusive title- sounds like the bio of an artist- like Toulouse-Lautrec or Van Gogh films were done on both artists. The Youngers live a hard life, and to many modern day readers it can be a depressing play to read. Mama meanswhile suspects Ruth to be pregnant. Bobo comes to the house weeks later on moving day to inform Walter Lee that Willy Harris has absconded with their money. After all, I knew the plot. Travis never knows that Walter cannot afford to give him the money. When the alarm clock rings, Ruth is the first one up, as though it is her responsibility to make certain that everyone else gets up and ready for the day ahead.
The family tells her to do what she desires with the money. . Beneatha is a college student who will require a considerable amount of money for medical school, but the reader wonders if Beneatha's dream for her future is more important than Walter's. She believes that a bigger, brighter dwelling will help them all. He is obsessed with money and constantly feels as if the world is against him, especially his wife and mother. He then fears that he has broken the trust of his family by spending all the money they got from Walter's life insurance policy. No, I believe that the themes in a Raisin in the Sun are timeless.
Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. Forbes' play revolves around a mother's lie to her children about a nonexistent bank account. After Travis leaves, Walter eats his breakfast; then, ready to leave for work, he tells Ruth that he needs carfare to get to work. These fears all revolve around money, but also show that Walter Lee has good intentions and tries to do the right thing. The day will never come. As far as we can tell, Beneatha has been given every opportunity to develop her potential. You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this section.
As the family decides how to spend the money, each family member struggles in the white-dominant society to find peace and pride within themselves and their loved ones. Each of the adult members of the family has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. When the check finally does arrive, Lena has trouble dealing, for she realizes that the ten thousand dollars is a replacement for her husband. In this scene, note that Ruth's annoyance with Walter is evident in the manner in which she chooses to wake him up. Walter admonishes Ruth for telling Travis that they cannot give him fifty cents, and we are immediately more sympathetic to Walter than to Ruth, for their dialogue is reminiscent of the mother in Kathryn Forbes' play I Remember Mama, who insists that children not be told when there is no money because it makes them worry.
It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Walter Lee never deposited the money in the bank and has lost his father's check forever. There is also some irony in the sequence of events that follow Mr. These were highly touch subjects, and establishment directors and producers did not want to raise the ire of the Decency Leagues who also were out combatting comic books! Because of her religious convictions against liquor drinking, Mama is uninterested in Walter's dream of getting rich quickly with this scheme. The personal conflictsof the Younger family affect their idea of the AmericanDream and how it can be accomplished.
In the play,some characters are seen as drying up, while atthe same time Walter is about to explode if hisdreams are deferred any longer. The matriarch of the family, Mama, wants to buy a house to fulfill a dream she shared with her husband. This was done in an effort to protect the furniture and to hide worn places; the country was just coming out of the Great Depression and great value was placed on one's possessions — especially if a family was poor. Mama reprimands him, not understanding how he became so obsessed with money and so disinterested in his own family. In the forties, it was customary to place crocheted doilies on the arms and head rests of an overstuffed living room sofa and two sofa chairs, which were usually already covered with slipcovers. When Walter expresses a desire to have the insurance money in order to invest in a business venture, he makes sense — even in his argument with Beneatha. Walter Lee fears that he won't be able to provide for his son the way his father, Walter Sr.
Later that same day, Asagai comes over to help the family pack, only to find a disheartened Beneatha. In the meantime, Beneatha rejects her suitor, George Murchison, whom she believes to be shallow and blind to the problems of race. Asagai brings Bennie authentic Nigerian robes as a gift, and she puts them on, pretending to be an African princess. Yet I was tearful throughout the movie, and was wiping away tears for the last half hour. Walter is upset and wonders why he can never be the one in charge of all actions. Walter Lee is married to Ruth, and works as a chauffeur, while Beneatha, much younger and energetic, plans to study to become a doctor.
As the play progresses, the Youngers clash over their competing dreams. Ruth, Walter's wife, is so exhausted from overwork that she too is unsympathetic to Walter's obsession with the money. She dreams of becoming a doctor, and believes that she should have the right to express herself, a concept foreign to the other women in the play. Subsequently, she receives a marriage proposal from her Nigerian boyfriend, Joseph Asagai, who wants Beneatha to get a medical degree and move to Africa with him Beneatha does not make her choice before the end of the play. At first, Walter seems too preoccupied with thoughts about the insurance check to consider what might be troubling Ruth. In the end, their mistrust is validated, when Bobo is forced to be the bearing of bad news.
Beneatha instead tries to find her identity by looking back to the past and to Africa. In his speech on pg. The most educated member of the Younger family, Beneatha is not afraid to butt heads with Mama, Walter, and others when it comes to her opinions on religion, feminism, and racial assimilation. The moving men arrive around the same time as Lindner. The entire family is concerned about the location because it is an all white neighborhood. Lena receives an insurance check for ten thousand dollars, enough money to finally pull the family out of the slums, which Walter desperately wants.
Does it stink like rotten meat? This leaves the Younger family forlorn and destitute. Mama makes it clear that part of the check will go toward Beneatha's education in medical school. GradeSaver, 23 October 2017 Web. It should be carefully understood the old-line production code banned any films dealing with interracial romance, race-mixing , and I guess the converse- the oppressive effects of apartheid. George arrives to take Bennie out to the theater and is appalled by her attire, forcing her to change. Lindner, from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association, to offer the Youngers money in return for staying away. Glossary crocheted doilies The totally bare, classic-line furniture of the fifties contrasted starkly with the furniture of the forties.