A Raisin in the Sun: Food and Affections

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Oksana Ibragimova
English 201-085
Professor Chancellor
March.25, 2011
Food and Affections
Lorraine Hansberry’s best known play, A Raisin in the Sun, talks about poverty in the Southside of Chicago and revolves around African American family and their dreams of a better life. I believe that food is an adequate means of showing and receiving love. The first reason is the mother cares in the family by making sure the family eats. This relates to how the mother in general is feeding the baby in its early life to care for the person. My second reason that food is enough means of showing and receiving love is when the family is receiving and accepting the mother’s food. This also relates to natural instinct, because while the mother is breast feeding the baby, the father understands and accepts of showing the baby’s love. The third reason, the way the person feeds a needy stranger with some food. Some of us outside or inside are doing this for humanity by showing love. In addition, I believe that food is an adequate means of showing and receiving love. The first reason is how the mother cares for the family by making sure the family eats. This is called a natural instinct; the mother feeds her baby in its early life. An example from A Raisin in the Sun, when Ruth, a character who played as a wife; shows love to her husband by giving him delicious breakfast. To prove this statement, Ruth says to Walter "Eat your eggs, Walter” (34). This demonstrates how Ruth is taking care of Walter by feeding him with food to make him happy instead of him stressing out. Ruth tries to calm her husband Walter, when he’s not in a good mood and she tries to change the subject. Another example from the movie called Soul Food, director and writer is by George Tillman Jr., illustrates how the family celebrates together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of Soul Food. It’s basically the family tradition that’s passes down from...
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