Critical Lens Essay

Topics: A Raisin in the Sun, Racism, William Golding Pages: 3 (816 words) Published: October 26, 2012
Luis Medina

English Final

Ms. Bloomfield

6-7-12

Critical Lens Essay

L.M. Montgomery once said, “...we pay the price for everything we get or take in this world”. What he is trying to say is that we have to face the consequences for the choices we make. There is always a result from everything that happens, giving or taking, will result in something else. I agree with his philosophy, mainly because it speaks pure truth about how most things are run in the common society that we as human beings live in. Two pieces of literature that best support this quote are “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, and “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. The plot of “A Raisin in the Sun” often goes in unexpected directions through the decisions of Walter is a middle aged man looking to achieve the rich social status and live the wealthy life that white people do along with his son, Travis, his wife, Ruth, his sister, Beneatha, and his mother, Lena; this is all whilst living in a very racial discriminated society. He is a chauffeur for a wealthy white man, and hopes to improve his family's financial status by investing money into a liquor store. After moving into a house purchased by the mother's insurance check, Walter wrongfully invests the rest of the money into his liquor store business. However the person he gave the money to had ran off. In the story, the check was a symbol of hope for the achievement of every family member's dream. At that point in the story, there was no longer any hope for success. The theme expressed in this story is the primacy family. Success is measured by the quality of family life. Making money and having a prestigious career are important, but not as important as maintaing a happy home undergirded with love. Walter's eagerness to live a life of wealth brought not only him but his family down to a poor financial status. His action had a consequence, and in this case he was not the only one to pay for it. However, the family...
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