Female Roles in "A Raisin in the Sun" and "Fences" Analytical Essay by SBurtis

Female Roles in "A Raisin in the Sun" and "Fences"
An analysis of the personification of female strength in Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" and Wilson's "Fences".
# 152666 | 1,650 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 11, 2013 in Drama and Theater (American) , Literature (American) , Women Studies (General)

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This paper first discusses the protagonist Ruth Younger in Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" and shows how despite her selfless dedication to her husband and son, she is not the passive, naive, and silent ideal that traditionalists wanted women to be. The paper describes how she shows great strength of character in her ability to make the best of things in spite of an imperfect life. Next, the paper examines Rose Maxson in Wilson's "Fences" and shows how she too defies the norms by proving that women have choices, rights, thoughts and opinions. The paper describes how while keeping her maternal and loving nature, she did not stand by and passively tolerate her husband's faults any longer and she chose to emotionally divorce herself from him. The paper highlights how both women made decisions they felt were best for themselves and their families by defying their traditional roles, yet maintaining their loving and nurturing ways.

A Raisin in the Sun: Ruth Younger
Fences: Rose Maxson

From the Paper:

"Throughout American history, women played the traditional role of wife, mother, and homemaker. The expectations included caring for husband, children, and home. In this role, the ideal woman had no opinion of her own. She would stand by her man at all costs, offering her unconditional love and support. She dared not defy her husband or the traditional norms demanded by a patriarchal society. Throughout history, this traditional view has been reflected in plays, literature, and other writings. Yet, despite the established traditionalist ideal, most women have privately and quietly defied their role by having their own thoughts and opinions, voicing their concerns, helping to guide their husbands and children, and rising above the often oppressive norms by achieving in areas once accepted as male-only roles. This does not mean women failed to care for their families and homes; they simply broadened the notion of female capabilities, disproving the myth that women are the weaker gender.
"Although the traditional female role remained intact for centuries, these expectations became ingrained in the minds of Americans during the 1950s. The American Dream included the perfect wife and mother, as epitomized by June Cleaver in the television series Leave it to Beaver. Yet, this series and others like it, as well as some books and plays from the 1950s and before, hinted at a deviation from the traditional view, depicting a strength not commonly associated with women."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hansberry, L. (1994). A Raisin in the Sun. New York, New York: Vintage Books.
  • Wilson, A. (1986). Fences. New York, New York: Plume.

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