It's terribly sad, but still a bit optimistic at times, and very thought-provoking. He has a genuine entrepreneurial spirit and desire to progress. Her classmate Joseph Asagai proposes to her, wanting to take her to with him after they finish school, but she is unsure what to do. In the presence of his son, the next generation, Mama hopes that Walter will honor the sacrifices of earlier generations and show that same pride even in terrible circumstances. In Daniel Petrie's adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's play, almost everyone in the 1959 original Broadway cast reprised their roles on film.
But Mama devoutly says that they must still love Walter, that a family member needs love the most when they have reached his lowest point. What types of women are Lena, Ruth, and Beneatha? The family is horrified at his decision, but Walter is tired of being taken advantage of. The Youngers are a poor African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago. Mama invokes the generations of slaves and sharecroppers who, despite their dire financial straits, at least maintained their pride in the face of crippling racial discrimination. Travis runs into the room and says that the moving men have arrived. Mama tells the family that she put a down payment on a house in Clybourne Park with the insurance money, so that Travis will one day be able to grow up to become a man with property. He is simply a courier from the Clybourne Park neighborhood, bringing a message to the Youngers that he, himself, had no part in originating.
They soon learn that he isn't there to welcome them; however, he has, in fact, come to offer to buy their house back from them for more than what they paid. Reflecting on how people in her past always told her that her ideas were too big, Mama feels ready to give up. Lindner and told him to come over. She has no idea what he is talking about. Beneatha and Walter exit as they argue about who would be a more suitable husband: the idealistic Joseph Asagai or the wealthy George Murchison.
He tells of how his father worked for decades as a laborer, and that ultimately his father earned the right for his family to move into their new home in Clybourne Park. Walter is oblivious to the stark contrast between George and Joseph: his pursuit of wealth can be attained only by liberating himself from Joseph's culture, to which he attributes his poverty, and by rising to George's level, wherein he sees his salvation. After everyone else exits with boxes to bring down to the truck, Mama is left alone. Hansberry wrote the screenplay, and the film was directed by. The cast included Walter Lee , Momma , Ruth , Beneatha and Travis, the Youngers' young son. In the end, their mistrust is warranted as Bobo has to be the bearer of bad news- Willy runs away … with Walter and Beneatha's money and does not make good on his promises. While Mama is gone, Karl Lindner, a white business man and representative of the Clybourne Park Welcoming Committee comes to the Younger household under the false auspices of brotherhood, and offers to pay them off so that they will not move into the house.
Then have students discuss their responses to the Figurative Language Chart. With the loss of the money, the entire family must face dreams that are deferred once again, and each one reacts differently. Beneatha became fascinated by the concrete manner in which a doctor can identify a problem and fix it. Ruth motions for Travis to go downstairs while Walter deals with Mr. If there are students from other countries in the class, allow them to discuss their stories of immigration if they choose. Her ancestry may originate in Africa, but she has never been there. Later that same day, Asagai comes over to help the family pack, only to find a disheartened Beneatha.
Through Asagai, Hansberry is able to connect the significance of global events to the individual. Beneatha decides that he is no longer her brother, but Mama reminds her to love him, especially when he is so downtrodden. When the family bought the house Mr. She is both bewildered and flattered by the offer. GradeSaver, 15 June 2006 Web. Walter comes back from his errand, having decided upon a plan of action.
Surprised, she refuses to give him an answer immediately. Make sure to subscribe below to be up to date on the latest! Mama confronts Beneatha about her words and insists that it is during Walter's lowest moments that he needs his family's love and support the most. The play won three 2014 : Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Sophie Okonedo and Best Direction of a Play Kenny Leon. Walter ignores her comments and finally finds a small white card. The mood is much more ominous as no one moves much or speaks until Asagai walks into the room. She'll get her due one day! But Beneatha, as a black American, does not have a clear-cut cultural identity.
Act three takes place an hour later. Neither man is actively involved in the Youngers' financial ups and downs. Ruth, however, is insistent that the family should continue with the move. Beneatha would like to use the money to pay her medical school. Beneatha says to Mama that Asagai asked to marry her and move with him to Africa. Begin by viewing the first several minutes of this documentary found within the Spotlight on Voices and Visions entry: which includes a reading of the poem 3:30 minutes into the video.