We’ll read some more Raisin in the Sun today and tomorrow.
At the end of TODAY, please journal about these two prompts:
Write about the tensions and conflicts emerge in Act I, Scene 1. Think about both moral and interpersonal conflicts.
Choose TWO of the following quotes and write about why it’s significant to the play so far. Consider characterization, symbols, subjects, themes.
Quote A: “Weariness has, in fact, won in this room. Everything has been polished, washed, sat on, used, scrubbed too often. All pretenses but living itself have long since vanished from the very atmosphere of this room” Act 1, Scene 1
Quote B: “Check coming today?” Act 1, Scene 1
Quote C: “Now – whose little old angry man are you?” Act 1, Scene 1
Quote D: “Yeah. You see, this little liquor store we got in mind cost seventy-five thousand and we figured the initial investment on the place be ’bout thirty thousand, see. That be ten thousand each… Baby, don’t nothing happen for you in this world ‘less you pay somebody off!” Act 1, Scene 1
Quote E: “We one group of men tied to a race of women with small minds.” Act 1, Scene 1
Quote F: “A woman who has adjusted to many things in life and overcome many more, her face is full of strength. She has, we can see, wit and faith of a kind that keep her eyes lit and full of interest and expectancy. She is, in a word, a beautiful woman. Her bearing is perhaps most like the noble bearing of the women of the Hereros of Southwest Africa – rather as if she imagines that as she walks she still bears a basket or a vessel upon her head.” Act 1, Scene 1
Quote G: “Mama, something is happening between Walter and me. I don’t know what it is – but he needs something – something I can’t give him any more. He needs this chance, Lena.” Act 1, Scene 1
Quote H: “Big Walter used to say, he’d get right wet in the eyes sometimes, lean his head back with the water standing in his eyes and say, ‘Seem like God didn’t see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams – but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worth while.'” Act 1, Scene 1
Quote I: “The Murchisons are honest-to-God-real-live-rich-colored people, and the only people in the world who are more snobbish than rich white people are rich colored people. I thought everybody knew that.” Act 1, Scene 1
Quote J: “In my mother’s house there is still God.” Act 1, Scene 1
Peek ahead: On Friday, we’ll have our first discussion over the play. Your participation grade for the play depends on 2-3 discussions, the first of which is Friday. I strongly advise preparing by going over the questions appropriate for the section we’ve read.