Raisin In The Sun Comparison

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The 1959 play “A Raisin In The Sun” written by Lorraine Hansberry and the 1961 movie “A Raisin In The Sun” also written by Lorraine Hansberry and directed by Daniel Petrie are similar and different in many ways. Both begin with an introduction of the Youngers, an African-American family of five living in a crowded rundown apartment in Chicago sometime between World War II and 1959. As a result of the recent death of Mr. Younger, a life insurance check for $10,000 is on its way to his wife Lena Younger. Even though the money belongs to Lena, every adult in the Younger family has an opinion on how the money should be used. While these main concepts of the plot are present in both the play and the film, there are many more similarities and differences…show more content…
There is a prevalent resemblance between the film and play versions of “A Raisin In The Sun” in regard to the story and its general tone. It's incredibly obvious in each version that the members of the Younger family are frustrated with their current day to day life and that they all wish to succeed in fulfilling their own personal dreams but are unable to make any progress towards this fulfillment. A great deal of tension is seen in the conversations between each of the characters due to numerous hindrances disheartening the members of the Younger family in their search for happiness including their finances, a pregnancy, and the ongoing racial oppression directed towards them. These obstacles reveal major motifs existing in both the film and the play. The theme of racial discrimination is seen most when Lena reveals to the family that she has purchased a house in an all white neighborhood due to the high cost of houses in colored neighborhoods. Members of the Younger family are pleasantly surprised to hear that they'll be moving into a new house, however Ruth and much more so Walter are unhappy with the location. This feeling of unhappiness due to the discrimination that they must

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