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Compare and Contrast Essay Lena and Amanda A Mothers Love Two mothers each overcoming obstructions and privation each with their own approach in loving their children are both doing the best they know how Lorraine Hansberrys A Raisin in the Sun and Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie are masterpieces of American literature Both stories feature mothers single handedly leading their families through hardship and adversity Williams Amanda and Hansberrys Lena show us two different aspects of mothering adult children By identifying the factors that encompass their lives poverty racism and single parenthood we can better understand the relationship each has with their families Lena and Amanda must face the difficult task of surviving with their children in poverty this strains the connections they have with their children Poverty is evident in the authors notes of both plays Williams describes the Youngers living conditions by saying their primary feature is that they have clearly had to accommodate the living of too many people for too many years and they are tired Hansberry also introduces these conditions that flower warty growths in overcrowded urban centers of lower middle class population as he describes the Wingfield apartment Lena Younger makes comments under her breath regarding the way her daughter in law Ruth raises her grandson Travis Lenas family is about to understand what a life without monetary difficulties is like as they will soon receive a life insurance check Lena however does not recognize her current state of penury in the same way her children do Somebody would have thought my children all but starved to death the way they talk about money late She says to her son Walter of their financial situation I aint got nothing dont own nothing aint never really wanted nothing that wasnt for you There aint nothing as precious to me Because of economic struggles Lenas daughter son daughter in law and grandson live with her In these small quarters
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