African-American Discrimination in Literature Analytical Essay by Melleena

African-American Discrimination in Literature
An analysis of African-American discrimination in Richard Wright's "Native Son," Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin In The Sun" and Lanston Hughes' poem, "Ballard of the Landlord."
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This paper discusses racial prejudice and discrimination against African-Americans as it is portrayed in three literary works. The paper discusses Richard Wright's "Native Son," Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin In The Sun" and Lanston Hughes' poem, "Ballard of the Landlord." The paper discusses the themes of each literary piece and the experiences of the African-American characters in them.

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"The characters in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun experience a form of racial prejudice similar to the Thomases. Mama had always dreamed of owning her own home, one that she could leave as a legacy for her family. Throughout her entire life she has rented a worn-out apartment. When Mama and Walter had initially moved into their current apartment, they were not planning on living there for more than one year. Years later the couch is covered with doilies to hide the fading upholstery, and a table or chair has been moved to hide worn-out places in the carpet. The condition of the house is very similar to the house in "Ballad of the Landlord". When Mama mentions moving to a two-story house that has a yard Ruth says, "Well, Lord knows, we've put enough rent into this here rent trap to pay for four houses by now..." (Hansberry 44). All family members agree the house is a "rat trap" (Hansberry 45). Mama finally takes the money and fulfills her dream of buying a house. "It's just a plain little old house - but it's made good and solid - and it will be ours... it makes a difference in a man when he can walk on floors that belong to him." (Hansberry 92). Mama has never owned anything of value, and now she has something that she can proud to leave her children."

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