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Friday, June 1, 2007

Summer Reading 10 H A Raisin in the Sun

Any comments on A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry?

15 comments:

Ms. Loftis said...

Has anyone finished reading A Raisin in the Sun yet?

What do you think about the character of Walter Lee Younger? Can you sympathize with his struggles and dreams? Or, do you think he is immature or selfish? How do you believe Lorraine Hansberry wants us to see Walter?

Any thoughts?

aZissa said...

I finished the book yesterday and what I saw in Walter was a feeling of oppression, like he couldn't do anything with himself because he's colored and the world is always cheating him like Willy did with the money he invested in the liquor store. I think one of the main contributors to his problem is his family because he feels like they don't support him in anything he wants to do. Walter is a visionary and he wants to be something more than a "slave" to the whites around him. He wants to be his own person and he doesn't want to have to serve anyone, but his family has just accepted the fact that this is almost impossible for colored people in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Walter refuses to give up his dream though and he is punished mentally and financially many times for his perseverance. It seems to me that Beneatha, his sister, is a little like him, but she gives up easier and, although very strongly willed, gives into the pressure around her and needs to be constantly reminded by people like Asagi of her purpose in life.

TinyTeen said...

I've a question. How do we cite our quotes, seeing as its the same book? We don't need to keep doing(Hansberry,...), do we? Do we cite it like, (scene, pg) or... how?

Ms. Loftis said...

Tinyteen,
I believe you are asking this question about the CP/TP essay assignment. Find 3 or 4 quotes, make sure they are in quotation marks, and yes, cite them in parenthesis with the page number. Example: "Quote"(Hansberry 46).
Unless you are attaching a Works Cited page, don't worry too much about the in-text citations. Concentrate more on main idea, characterization, explanation of the quotes, conventions, and organization.
Let me know if I have answered your question.

Best of Luck! Ms. Loftis

Ms. Loftis said...

Azissa,
Glad to see you have a good grasp on the character of Walter. I would definitely agree with the "feeling of oppression" that surrounds Walter. In the first few days of class we will discuss the obstacles Walter must overcome to fully mature.

Keep up your great insights!

Ms. Loftis

TinyTeen said...

Ms. Loftis, thanks for your information. I'm in English Honors, it's just that I didn't know we only had to read until today. I'm already half way through my essay!! but thanks any way. It'll help when school starts back! Hope you're having an awesome summer!!
Tinyteen

Ms. Loftis said...

Tinyteen,
Go ahead and finish the essay. You can turn it in on Registration Day as an extra assignment and become eligible for the ice cream party in the fall. Something to think about as an option since you are half way through your essay. Anyway, good job :) Sounds like you are on the right track.

Miss Caston said...

Azissa, I think you have a wonderful grasp on Walter's character. Do you think that part of the family's reluctance to believe in Walter's dreams have to do with his inability to make good business decisions and/or because he has been taken advantage of in the past? I agree that he is punished in several ways, but his perserverance must be balanced with good judgement, which he has to learn the hard way. Do you think that Walter blindly accepts that others like Bobo and Willy are to be trusted because they seem to share the same dreams Walter has?

Nerd.is.my.middle.name said...

Okay...I feel stupid asking this, but...Do the Honours students in 10th grade just have to read the books? Do we have to write the essay?? I mean, I will, but, I was just wondering.

Mrs. Moore said...

The required assignment for 10 Honors students is to read the short stories and A Raisin in the Sun. The essays will be written the first day of class. If you choose to do one of the assignments from the CP/TP list as an extra assignment, then you will turn it in at registration.

If you choose to do the extra assignment, you can choose to write an essay or create a graffiti wall based upon one of the short stories or A Raisin in the Sun, or you may choose to read one of the selections from the CP/TP list and complete the assignment based upon that reading.

Miss Caston said...

The essay is optional--see the comment Mrs. Loftis posted under the short stories blog.

Miss Caston said...

Mrs. Moore's comment above hadn't been posted yet when I responded to your question, "nerd is my middle name." I think she covered it!

Jonathan C.N. said...

"Rasin in the Sun" is a great book. Too bad there wasn't a sequel. I really wanted to know what would happen to the Younger family after they moved. I kind of felt sorry for Mr. Linder at the end because Walter calls him to talk about Linder's offer, but Linder ends up being kicked out again. It was kind of humorous though.

Mama's plant is symbolic in the story. It represents her, but it's obvous when she says, "[the plant] expresses me!" The plant stays strong throught out the story, just as Mama stays strong through all the arguing and troubles that treatens to set the family apart.

Just to share some information, the title comes from Langston Hughes's poem "Harlem"(Wikipedia)

Caroline_H said...

I finished this book about a month ago and insisted on re-reading it. It was absolutely wonderful. Every character was realistic and portrayed a different need of humanity.
In my opinion, Walter was an extremely ambitious man with many dreams; however, he was so engrossed with achieving those dreams, he forgot how important family can be. He was so focused on proving he could do something himself, that he lost what was most dear to him.
The world had always been putting Walter down because of his skin color; moreover, this was the main reason for his ambitions to be set so high.
I believe that Ms. Hansberry wanted the reader to view Walter as a man who will stop at nothing to prove to himself as well as those around him that he is not below anyone. Although this causes for much mental and financial stress, Walter's ambitions never falter. These instances just seem to push him more.
I would also like to point out the quote at the end of Act III. When Walter refuses Mr. Lindner's offer, it is almost as if he is releasing his obsession with money and power. For the first time in the entire play, his central focus is on his family. This section is almost like the welcoming into manhood for Walter. He has overcome his lust for money, and therefore has finally become ready to face the future. The Youngers will never again have a 'dream deferred.'

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