A Raisin in the Sun - Paper 2

A Raisin in the Sun - Paper 2 - Mason 1 John Mason November...

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Mason 1 John Mason November 9, 2007 HY 204 Andrew Huebner Fitting In and Standing Out During the 1950s, the Younger family described in “A Raisin in the Sun” was very similar to the typical, white, middle-class, American family in the role that men and women played in the family. The role of African-American women within the family seemed to follow the trend of middle-class white families that had started to shift from the idea of separate spheres into equal treatment for men and women but had not entirely reached that point yet. This meant that women were now more involved in making decisions that effected the entire family, women were getting jobs outside the house for supplemental income, and the family as a unit was a crucial part of the American lifestyle of the 1950s. The idea of each person having his or her own dream in the Younger family repeatedly plays out in “A Raisin in the Sun.” After the father of the family has passed away, the family receives a life insurance check and each member has their own idea of how the money should be spent. Mama would prefer that the money would be used to put a down payment on a nice home in a white, suburban neighborhood. This had always been a dream for her and her husband and she hoped to achieve it even after his death. Walter, who became the man of the house after his father died, wanted to use the $10,000
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This essay was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course HY 204 taught by Professor Wormer during the Fall '08 term at Alabama.

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