Essay on A Raisin Of The Sun Title Controversy : Emotion Vs. Plot

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A Raisin in the Sun Title Controversy; Emotion v. Plot
Titles are not to be taken lightly as they are what a reader keeps in mind throughout a piece. “Mother to Son” and “Harlem” are both written by Langston Hughes and portray the struggles of maintaining a dream during difficult times. “Mother to Son” uses the extended metaphor of a staircase that parallels the struggles and overall actions in the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, while “Harlem” uses graphic images in order to form a well developed motif and mood of the idealistic dream, which is matched in the play. As a title is meant to add to a piece of work, and enhance a certain idea the author deems significant, Lorraine Hansberry contemplated using the title The Crystal Stair from the poem “Mother to Son” to show the constant battle to succeed in a difficult world and stay motivated. Despite the fact that A Raisin in the Sun was the chosen title, The Crystal Stair would have been a better choice due to the journey of the story and how the characters achieving their goals is most important.
The opening lines to both “Harlem” and A Raisin in the Sun sets up the idea of longing in the pieces. In the very first sentence of A Raisin in the Sun, act one scene one, “The Younger living room would be a comfortable and well-ordered room if it were not for a number of indestructible contradictions to this state of being,” (23) Hansberry sets up for such an interesting emotional motif, allowing the readers to see…

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