Discrimination In A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

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The act of discrimination against humans of different race, ethnicity, age, or gender will always continue to be wrong and unjust. Discrimination itself is defined as: “the prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex” (Merriam-Webster). Many people believe that discrimination and racism are things of the past, however, they are still very prevalent in today’s society. Every day, more and more people are being discriminated against and not enough individuals are taking action to put a stop to the wrongdoing. One of the most common forms of discrimination and racism today may not be what is expected. This form involves African-Americans and women. This socio-political …show more content…
This drama is all about an African-American family, the Youngers, who live on the South-side of Chicago in the 1950s. The family receives an insurance check for $10,000 for the dead Mr. Younger’s life insurance policy, but they struggle with all agreeing on a way to spend the large sum. Each member of the family has a different idea for how they would like to use the money, which makes it an even tougher decision. Mama wants to buy a house for the family to move into, Ruth agrees with her, but Walter Lee wants to use the money to start a liquor store business with a few of his friends, and Beneatha wants the money to pay for her medical schooling. Throughout the drama, the family is also dealing with discrimination because of their race. When they finally decide to put a down payment on a house in an all-white neighborhood, the residents send a man named Mr. Lindner to offer the family money, so that they’ll stay away from the neighborhood: “WALTER: [W]e have decided to move into our house because my father—my father—he earned it for us brick by brick. We don’t want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no causes, and we will try to be good neighbors. And that’s all we got to say about that. We don’t want your money” (Hansberry 1573). When the neighbors tried to pay the Youngers so that they would not move in because of their race, it was …show more content…
While they are mostly things of the past, discrimination and racism are still around in today’s society, even if their occurrences have decreased a bit. Discrimination is wrong. Racism is wrong. People of all races, ethnicities, ages, and genders need to stop discrimination at all costs because it is unjust and hurts too many people. “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison and “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry include very good examples of discrimination against race and show how certain characters recover from their racial predicaments. Both authors use imagery, figurative language, and symbolism to demonstrate the negative effects that discrimination has on humans of differents races and genders. Overall, the authors do an excellent job of conveying the important theme that discrimination is wrong and unjust in today’s world and needs to be eliminated at every possible

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