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A Raisin in the Sun vs. The Death of a Salesman

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Transcript of A Raisin in the Sun vs. The Death of a Salesman

"A Raisin in the Sun" vs. "Death of a Salesman"
The Role of Women
Differences
In "A Raisin In The Sun" the women stood up for themselves

In "Death of a Salesman" women just let men walk all over them
Similarities
Linda, Ruth, and Mama have similar roles in their family:
housewives
did chores around the house
took care of their family
supported and stood up for the men of the house
Evidence from Text
"Beneatha. Love him? There is nothing left to love.
Mama. There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that you ain't learned nothing.Have you cried for that boy today?Not for the family 'cause we lost the money. I mean for him: what he been through and what it done to him." (A Rasin In The Sun" pg 98)

"Linda: What’d you have to start that for? You see how sweet he was as soon as you talked hopefully? Come up and say goodnight, don’t let him go to bed that way."(Death of a Salesman", Pg 47)
Evidence from Text
Overall, both plays show that women should love and support their families no matter what happens.
"A Raisin In The Sun" shows that women should be strong and stand up for themselves when someone is trying put them down because Ruth stands up to Walter. "Death of a Salesman" shows that women shouldn't stand up for themselves when Linda takes the disrespect from Willy.
The women's role in family is similar in each play but how they are portrayed is very different.
"Walter. No, I don't want no coffee. I don't want nothing hot to drink. Why you always trying to give me something to eat?
Ruth (standing and looking at him helplessly). What else can i get you, Walter Lee Younger?" ("A Raisin In The Sun",pg 54)

"Willy: Will you let me talk?!
Biff: Don’t yell at her, pop, will ya?
Willy, (angrily): I was talking, wasn’t I? ...
Willy (beaten down): Give my best to Oliver- he may remember me (Exits to bedroom).
Linda: What’d you have to start that for? You see how sweet he was as soon as you talked hopefully? Come up and say goodnight, don’t let him go to bed that way."



Scenes
A Raisin In The Sun:
Kayla-Ruth
Madison-Walter
Death of a Salesman:
Kayla- Biff
Morgan-Happy, Linda
Madison-Willy
Analysis
Morgan Mills, Madison Ragland, Kayla Carlson
*White Text = Notes*
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