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In the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and 1961 movie written by Lorraine Hansberry and presented by Columbia pictures one of the most important themes is the American Dream Many of the characters have hopes and dreams They all strive towards their goals throughout However many of the characters have different dreams that clash with each other Problems seem to arise when different peoples dreams conflict with one another Another theme is racism racism was rampant during the 1950s and this often hindered African American dreamsIn the play the entire story happens in the Youngers living room in Chicagos Southside where in the 1950s it was the home of poor black people The film in contrast had different sets Walters and Ruths bedroom Beneathas and Mamas bedroom the bar Walter at work and the new house The different sets in the film make it more interesting because it shows how their real life is outside their little living room The play illustrates the apartment as being small and that weariness has in fact won in this room meaning that the room is old and in poor condition In my opinion the film shows the living room as small but it does not show it as worn or raggedy as the play implies Although these living conditions are considered poverty the film presents the room as though small for the whole family well kept and does not appear worn outSome characters facial expressions in the film were exactly as I had visualized in the play It was easy to compare Walters Mamas and Beneathas facial expressions from the play Walter played by Sidney Poitier was perfect in showing the emotional side of the character and his concerns with the familys living conditions as described in the play The scene he appears drunk and dancing in the kitchen was exactly how I had pictured it Beneatha played by Diana Sands was a strong
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