Comparison Of Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin And The Sun, And Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman

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Both Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” detail specific events in the lives of poor urban families during the mid-20th century. Each story tells of a man struggling to find his dreams and support his family, facing different challenges along the way. Between both of these leading male characters, Walter Lee Younger and Willy Loman, there are many intriguing parallels and distinctions. The two families’ housing situations are somewhat similar. Both the Youngers and the Lomans live in large cities, specifically Chicago for the former. The Lomans’ home is cheap and modest; surrounded by towering apartments, symbolizing the way the family “has become palisaded by ruthless urban sprawl . . . trapped, cornered, enveloped” (Thompson 244). Nevertheless, throughout the play, Willy makes several repairs and improvements to the house, and by the end of the play, the mortgage has been fully paid off. The home in “A Raisin in the Sun” does not seem so promising. It is a small rented apartment, described by the author as ”tired,” with “all pretenses but living itself [having] long since vanished” (Hansberry, “Raisin” 1508). Roaches are frequent visitors here, and the bathroom is shared with the neighbors. Later in the play, when Mama purchases a house in the wealthier white neighborhood of Clybourne Park, it seems that the lives of Walter and his family are beginning to improve. However, in light of the civil rights (or lack thereof)…

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