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Lhem is simply no reason why dreams should dry up

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lhem is simply no reason why dreams should dry up like raisins or prunes or anything else in America. If you will permit me to say so, I believe that we can impose beauty on our futwr. ( 1 29) She says that America is a great nation but the society is complex and difficult to sustain. She says that Negro Americans face appalling conditions nnd she wished to reveal through her play thc conflict faced by her fellow Blacks in America of the oppression involved and the resistance that meets it. In addition. it is this aspect of the play that was generally over looked at the time of its initial production. There is a certain kinship between A Raisin in the Sun and some of Richard Wright's works, most notably Native Son. Both works show what it is like to be Black on Chicago's Southside. Although separated by a g e m t i o n , both works take a look at that life through the eyes of men who arc chauffeurs. Black men who regard their uniforms as strait Jackets imposed by the white world. Both Bigger Thomas and Walta Lee Younger "explode" because of a "dream defend." The n m of the explosions differs, and Bigger's explosion is mom fatal, but the mmw -tion and confusion, the same oppression, is at the root of each, both are native sons of segregatbd A d c a n society-
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Images of various boys and men he had known came back to Richad Wright as "Biggerw took shape. One was a boy who taok his way through life and was eager to fight anyone who opposed him. Another d~rcctad his hardness not towards othu Negroes but towards the whites who nrlod the south. He would buy f d and clothes on credit with no intention of paying believing that any Black who went without the necessities of life or food while there was plenty of bvth in the white world was a fool. A third carried his life in his hands by crashing movie lines as a youth. by delivering liquor during the days of prohibition, and by ycncrally being what the white population d l b d a "bad nigger". A fourth was eventually driven crazy by the impossibility of his ever being f ~ e of t a b s and Jim Crow laws. A fifth "Biggar" rode Jim crow street cars without paying and sat wherever he wanted to - including the White section. Told to move, he would take out his knife wd nonchalantly reply: "Make me" so people would let him stay there. Only the Bigger's Consistently Violated. the Jim Cmw laws and got away with it, at least for a while "Eventually. the Whites who restricted their lives made them pay a terrible price. They were shot. hanged, maimed. lynched, and generally hounded until they were either dead or thcir spirits broken". Kichtvd Wright describes the nature of the environment that produced these men in his work Nufive Son. He says that: In Dixie there an two worlds, the white world and the Black world, and they are physically separated.
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  • Fall '19
  • White people, Negro, Walter Lee, Czechoslovakian. Lorraine Hansberry

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