A Raisin In The Sun Compare And Contrast Essay

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I watched the film A Raisin in the Sun written by Lorraine Hansberry and produced in 1961 by Columbia Pictures Corporation and I also read the play. Although similarities between the play and the film exist, I have also found distinctions which allow each of the versions of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry to stand on its own.

In the play, the entire story happens in the Younger’s living room, in Chicago’s Southside, where in the 1950s it was the home of poor, black people. The film, in contrast, had different sets: Walter’s and Ruth’s bedroom, Beneatha’s and Mama’s bedroom, the bar, Walter at work, and the new house. The different sets in the film make it more interesting, because it shows how their real life is outside their little living room.
The play illustrates the apartment as being small and that “weariness has, in fact, won in this room” meaning that the room is old and in poor condition. In my opinion the film shows the living room as small but it does not show it as worn or raggedy as the play implies. Although these
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Beneatha, played by Diana Sands, was a strong determined woman for the time. Beneatha knows what she wants and has a different belief in what God’s role among humanity is, although that causes a conflict between her and Mama when she says to Mama that she gets “tired of Him getting credit for all the things the human race achieves through its own stubborn effort” meaning that she is not in agreement that God is thought of as the one who does something good while it is through human’s efforts that things get accomplished. Both the play and the film show the exuberance of Beneatha’s character. Ruth, played by Ruby Dee, on the other hand, did not appear to be as angry. In the play, every time she would say to Walter to leave her alone, I pictured her as being mad and fuming but in the film she seemed to be annoyed by Walter but not

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