We continued reading RAISIN today. For your journal prompts, choose ONE of the following:
- Write about the scene with Mrs. Johnson. Some things to consider: What bad news does Mrs. Johnson bring? How are her views different from those of the Youngers? What is added to the play by the account of her visit? What is significant about Mrs. Johnson’s references to Booker T. Washington? What does Beneatha mean by her statement that the two things her people must overcome are the Klu Klux Klan and Mrs. Johnson?
- What notion of “being a man” is presented in the play? How is “being a man” different from being a woman? What is he permitted to do as “head of the family”?
- Write about the scene with Mr. Linder. What is notable about it? What are some of the offensive aspects of his manner and statements? What implicit threats does he make? Do you think this scene is realistic for its time? Why or why not? What do we learn about the characters in the play as a result?
- Explain how one of these quotes is significant to the play so far. Consider characterization, symbols, subjects, themes:
–It’s simple. You read books–to learn facts–to get grades–to pass the course–to get a degree. That’s all–it has nothing to do with thoughts. –Act 2, Scene 2
–And from now on any penny that come out of it or that go in it is for you to look after. For you to decide. It ain’t much, but it’s all I got in the world and I’m putting in your hands. I’m telling you to be head of this family from now on like you supposed to be. –Act 2, Scene 2
–Girl, I do believe you are the first person in the history of the entire human race to successfully brainwash yourself. –Act 2, Scene 3
–Well – I don’t understand why you people are reacting this way. What do you think you are going to gain by moving into a neighborhood where you just aren’t wanted and where some elements – well – people can get awful worked up when they feel that their whole way of life and everything they’ve ever worked for is threatened…You just can’t force people to change their hearts, son. –Act 2, Scene 3