The Raisin in The Sun: Act 1 Emmanuel Reibsamen


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  • The Setting
  • ZZZ
  • The Character's Attitudes
  • What you mean out? He hardly got in good yet.
  • Is He out yet?
  • Lena's Memories
  • Ain't Nothin can tear you like losin' your baby.
  • Honey, Big Walter would come in here some nights-Oh, that man grieved hisself! He was one man to love his children.
  • Act: 1, Scene: 1, 23- "It's furnishings are typical and undistinguished and their primary feature now is that they have clearly had to accommodate the living of too many people for too many years--and they are tired. Still, we can see at some time, a time probably no longer remembered by the family (except perhaps for MAMA), the furnishings were actually selected with care and love and even hope" In this first piece of text it talks about the look of the room. In this it also shows how the family lives in a crowded. This also shows that the family also doesn't care what is inside the house as much as they have one to live in. This also tells that they also struggle with money and have a low income to support the family and reuse a lot of things like clothes as it was stated in the first act. Overall it shows one of the families struggles and how they as a whole deal with this as people deal with it differently.
  • The Surprising News
  • Two months.
  • Act: 1, Scene: 1, 25- "Is he out yet? What you mean out? He ain't hardly got in their good yet." In this piece of text it shows that the family living in a crowded apartment building. This show also shows that they are on a time crunch to get the things that need to in that day. This piece of text also shows the build up of frustraition that happens between Walter and Ruth and how they handle it. As we see Walter later cussing about his eggs because Ruth chooses to ignore him and his constant babble about the need of wanting to have money to provide for his family. Overall this scene shows how they act as they frantically try to get their daily things done.
  • Mama's Suspicion
  • Act: 1, Scene: 1, 45- "Honey, Big Walter would come in here some nights back then and slump down on that couch there and would just look at the rug, and look at me and look at the rug and then back at me--and I'd know he was down then... really down. (After a secondvery long and thoughtful pause; she is seeing back to times that only she can see) And then, Lord, when i lost that baby-- Little Claude--I almost thought I was going to lose Big Walter too. Oh, that man grieved hisself! He was one man to love his children. Ain't nothin' can tear at you like losin' your baby." In this it shows Lena venting one of her husbands signs of being ac little down. This also shows the families core values being used to help talk about what is on their minds. This also shows thatc it helps the two that are talking is venting their thoughts and what has been on their mind lately.
  • A Days Frustration
  • Act: 1, Scene: 2, 58- "How far are you? Two months." In this it shows that Ruth has been hiding the fact that she has been pregnant. Or that she had just found out reacently. This puts a lot of curiocity in Beneatha and simply gives good news to the family. Also it raises suspision to Len as to where Ruth has been going. Overall in the family at this part it shows the promotion and well being of Ruth since they are not puting her down for having another child.
  • How far are you?
  • Act: 1, Scene: 2, 70- 'You went to see that woman, didn't you? (Defensively, giving herself away) What woman you talking about? (angrily) That woman who" In this small piece of text it shows how Lena reacts to Ruth getting an abortion. Tis also shows that Lena deeply caes about her family even if they aren't with her to acctually hold yet in a phsyical form. She also is frustraited at Ruth for trying to give up her grand child yet a little simpathetic as Walter is then told as to what Ruth had tried to do. With in that also it shows that Lena is very understanding about the world around her. Overall Lena doesn't like the idea of the abortion and is appaled of it.
  • What woman you talking about?
  • You went to see that woman? That woman who.
  • Act: 1, Scene: 2, 75- "Ruth-- (He can say nothing). If you a son of mine, tell her! (Walter picks up his keys and his coat and walks out. She continues bitterly)" The ending of the first act ultimately shows how Walter deals with the amounted stress that he has had and how he cracks under the pressure. Which in his case is very silent minus that he drinks himself to drown his own sorrows. This also shows that the way he copes with things is to not think of them and drink himself to his own delight to make it feel that he doesnt have anything to worry about. This also shows how much he has drifted apart from his own family as he looks into drinking as an alternative to his problems and he also doesn't even aknowledge the fact that his wife tried to get an abortion to not have to worry about two children. And make life a little less worrisome. Overall this shows that wWalter is drifting apart from his family and that he is starting to be more alone with in the world.
  • Ruth
  • If you a son of mine tell her.
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