A Rasin in the Sun Essay

Submitted By Smiles_IV
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Daniel Bell A Prejudice In A Raisin

So let me tell you guys about this book we just got done reading in my English Class Called “A Raisin in the Sun”. It is about a black family who lives in an Apartment building with 5 Family members: Lena, Walter, Beneatha, Travis, & Ruth Younger, They live on the Southside of Chicago, and the year is between 1950 - 1960, and their just trying to make it and move out of their small house to a bigger house, so everybody can have their own rooms. Anyways during this time there is still segregation going on, therefore blacks are still being killed and whites still being harsh to them.

So let’s fast forward and let me tell you about how stereotypes are in effect in this play. Walter Younger (Father) works as a chauffeur. A chauffeur is a person employed to drive a passenger motor vehicle, especially a luxury vehicle such as a large sedan or limousine. But Walter is a hardworking man who has 2 kids and a wife that he takes care of everyday and makes sure his son (Travis) has money for lunch even if it’s his last dollar. But the way the family gets stereotyped is by how many people are in there apartment, and how small there apartment is, and how the sleeping arrangements are. So by their apartment being all small and family sleeping on the floor people tend to think that’s how most black families have it. And that’s not true, People tend to think African American men as being disorganized, weak, thieves etc. And the way the play sets that up makes it more interesting, How Walter gives his son Travis money for school and then when it’s time for Walter to leave the house he has to ask his wife for a dollar for the bus and/or cab. Also, the play portrays that African Americans are poor, and that’s another stereotype. There is also a scene where Walter & Beneatha were dancing to African tribe music, and I think that was made out to make fun of African Tribes and how they have their tribal dances.
Mr. Lindner the homeowner association guy comes to the Youngers…