A Raisin in the Sun Compared to Rememer the Titans

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Race, a word that plainly describes what color a persons skin is and what background a person comes from. Many things have happened up to today because of people not accepting the fact that the world was not made for one kind of race to live above the others. This brief fact is both seen the drama play of Lorraine Hansberry written in the time of the 1950’s called “A Raisin in the Sun” and it is also seen in the movie of “Remember the Titans”. Both have very good examples of racial tensions between black and white communities and also portray a true-life meaning to what people sufferer during the bad times of racism. Coach Boone and Mama both share leadership roles, uniting roles, and also have to overcome attitudes from opposite races. The difference between both characters is that Coach Boone applies his authority in a much harsher way than Mama.

Looking at both works, it is easy to identify many characters that play important roles in enhancing the true conflict between these two communities. First, in the play of “A Raisin in the Sun”, the main characters are Ruth Younger, Walter Lee Younger, Beneatha Younger, Lena Younger (Mama), and Karl Linder. On the other hand, in the movie called Remember the Titans, the main characters are Coach Herman Boone, Coach Bill Yoast, Julius Campbell, Gerry Bertier, and Petey Jones. In each one of these works, it is easy to see that each main character has to deal with tensions in every single moment of the work.

There are many things in common with both works and explaining them briefly will help in the overall understanding of racial tensions. Both stories have an equal level of racial tensions and both works want segregation. In “A Raisin in the Sun”, as the Younger family buys a house in a white neighborhood, the white neighborhood offers the Younger family money so that they will not move in to their white neighborhood. In the movie Remember the Titans, as Coach Boone Moves in to his new house in the town of Alexandria Virginia, it is seen in the movie as how all the white people are looking outside and saying things about black people. The point here is that in both works, each one shows the breaking point of how segregation was wanted. Both works portray white communities as extremely racial for not wanting to have black neighbors. Although the time of each the play is in the 1950’s and the movie is in the 1970’s, the level of racism was about the same because people in the south are still not as used to having black people as authority figures. The thing distinguishes both of these works is also that the play is set in the north and the movie is set in the south. The north at the time could have been more tolerant to blacks, but on the other hand, the south was still not accustomed to black people being able to hold a place in society or even in a community. Another difference seen is that the play never really shows any interaction with the white community; therefore the play is not as conflictive as the movie. In the movie, there is multiple times in which conflicts dealing with race are seen.

Both works also contain the sense of leadership and that leadership is the key to getting through many of the struggles. In the play, Mama is seen as the person made out of iron, one that takes the reins of her family to lead them. In the movie, Coach Boone is the principle leader in unifying the black and white communities. Both characters express leadership and also make direct decisions, which lead to very important outcomes of both the movie and the play.

A main point seen in one of the works is that of dignity. The difference between both works is that dignity is wanted In “A Raisin in the Sun” and in “Remember the Titans”, dignity is not as important. Lena Younger (Mama) emphasizes that her entire family has always been of extreme dignity and that one of her main goals in life is to maintain the dignity of the family. However, in the movie,...
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