A Raisin In The Sun Language Analysis

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thousand dollars. Gaalee, Grand-mama, you rich” (53). Travis’ response shows that like Beneatha his English also contains slangs.
George Murchison who is also Beneatha’s boyfriend is a man who has assimilated himself totally within the American culture, and speaks the kind of African American English, college going students speak but at the same time he speaks an English similar to the Americans. When Walter asks him what he is being taught at college, George replies: “You’re all wacked up with bitterness, man” (69). Later he tells Beneatha: “You’re a nice-looking girl . . . Guys aren’t going to go for the atmosphere – they’re going to go for what they see . . . Drop the Garbo routine. It doesn’t go with you. As for myself, I want a nice –
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She makes ample use of language to depict the variety and diversity that is so much a part of African American English. The speech of her characters varies remarkably from one another. It is often poetic, metaphorical, lively, dramatic, vigorous and sometimes pompous and stilted. Whatever it is they subtly delineate character. Both her African American plays A Raisin in the Sun and The Drinking Gourd amply demonstrate the fact. In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter Lee, an uneducated chauffeur is highly pessimistic at the beginning of the play. He keeps on lamenting his plight and his language poetically demonstrates the fact. He tells Murchison: “Here I am a giant—surrounded by ants! Ants who can’t even understand what it is the giant is talking about (69). When Mama hands over the money to Walter, his spirit soars and he shouts dramatically to Travis: “Just tell me, what it is you want to be—and you’ll be it . . . Whatever you want to be—Yessir! (He holds his arms open for Travis) You just name it, son . . . (Travis leaps into them) and I hand you the world” (93). The language is lucid, expressive and …show more content…
He tells Karl Lindner: “we don’t want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no causes” (132). On the surface he is calm and he assures the white man that he will not make trouble but otherwise he hints things may turn out different. Carter asserts that June Jordan in Civil Wars declares: “Our Black language is a political fact suffering from political persecution and political malice. Let us understand this and meet the man, politically; let us meet the man talking the way we talk; let us not fail to seize this means to our survival, despite white English and

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