Conflict in the play A Rising in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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Conflict in the play A Rising in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

In "A Rising in the Sun" (Lorraine Hansberry) we find three main conflicts within the play. These conflicts are interrelated and emerge mainly from one primer issue – Racism. In this essay, I will highlight these three conflicts and explain their connection. First, I will explain the conflict of family. Second, I will explain the conflict of money. Third, I will explain the conflict of racism and how the first two could be seen as a "by-product" of it.

Lena (Mama) recalls her late husband words. Family was the most important thing for Lena and him. However, there are conflicts around this issue which could be seen through three generations. First,
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Third, present generation Vs future. For example, Travis – who represents the hope and better future – plays one parent against the other. Thus, continue the path of rivalry and this is in contradiction to the "family values". Money presents some of the biggest conflicts within the characters. It starts when everyone await the $10,000 check. The conflict arises instantly since every member of the family believes he or she has the best idea for the usage of it. First, some are not so keen about the money at all. For example, Mama thinks that money can destroy happiness because people tend to fight over it. Second, some believe that the money can make a significant change within their life. For example, Walter Lee wants the money to open a liquor store. He believes that on top of the financial change, he could get his family's esteem which-in his view-is missing. Third, money creates a new kind of racism. For example, it divides two man of a uniform race
(George and Walter) since one can visit New-York and the other can't.
Hence, the conflict appears between what the money should and could make, and how the family members reacted towards it.

The clear primary theme of "A Raisin in the Sun" has to do with race and racism. Almost every step with the Youngers' life is affected by their race. First, the Youngers' kind of jobs and misfortune are interrelated. For example, Walter Lee works in a low class job and the conflict could be seen via

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