A Raisin in the Sun in a Nutshell

A Raisin in the Sun in a Nutshell

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  • Well Mr. Linder, we called you because, well, me and my family, we are very plain people. I mean-I have worked as a chauffer most of my life-and my wife here, she does domestic work in peoples kitchens. So does my mother. I mean-we are plain people. And-uh-well, my father, well, he was a laborer most of his life. And my father-My father almost beat a man to death once because this man called him a bad name or something, you know what I mean? Yeah. Well-what I mean is that we come from people who had a lot of pride. I mean-we are very proud people.
  • Mama stands, at last alone in the living room, her plant on the table before her as the lights start to come down. She looks around at all the walls and ceilings and suddenly, despite herself, while the children call below, a great heaving thing rises in her and she puts her fist in her mouth t stifle it, takes a final desperate look, pulls her coat about her, puts on her hat and goes out.
  • Oh, dear, dear, dear! Here we go! A lecture on the African past! /on our Great West African Heritage! In one second we will hear about the great Ashanti empires; the great Songhay civilizations; and the great sculpture of Benin-and then some poetry in the Bantu-and the whole monologue will end with the word heritage! Let's face it baby, your heritage is nothing but a bunch of raggedy-assed spirituals and some grass huts!
  • And we also have the category of what the association calls-uh-special community problems. I would like to explain this in my own way. I mean I want to explain to you in a certain way. 
  • If you don't take this comb and fix this here head, you better! 'Bout to march out of here with that head looking just like chickens slept in it! I just don't know where you get your stubborn ways...And get your jacket, too. Looks chilly out this morning.
  • Mama can I please go carry groceries?
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