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FOA: Stereotypes and prejudices in A raisin in the sun

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Transcript of FOA: Stereotypes and prejudices in A raisin in the sun

Stereotypes and prejudices

the qualities (such as strength and courage) that are expected in a man
Stand up for what is RIGHT!
Mama (Quietly, woman to woman)
He finally come into his manhood today, didn’t he? Kind of like a rainbow after the rain…
Ruth (Biting her lip, lest her own pride explode in front of Mama)
Yes, Lena. [Act 3. 114]
The stereotype of the ignorance of African Americans about Africa is very emphasized in the play
Aim 1:
Push the target audience to get to know about this mysterious continent
Aim 2:
Prove that Africans Americans are as American as any other ethnic group. They are solely connected to the american land.
"Why should I know anything about Africa?"
said Mama (p39)
The "Tarzan" stereotype
- Africa --> Jungle full of animals

- Sets a common ground between white and black americans: they're similarly influenced by media and similarly ignorant about Africa.

- Point out a serious issue: ignorance about one of the biggest continent
Racial Prejudices
FOA: Stereotypes and prejudices in "A raisin in the sun"
By Houssam, Kinen, Max & Susanne
Stereotype: to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same
Prejudice: a feeling of like or dislike for someone or something especially when it is not reasonable or logical
Definitions from Merriam-Webster
Financial Supporter
Walter: I tell you I am a man-- and I think my wife should wear some pearls in this world!
[Act 3. 108]
The tribal war scene
- Portrays Africa as tribes in war, using traditional weapons and shouting war hymns (p55-57)

The play is both destroying and creating stereotypes.
Leader of a family
Mama It ain’t much, but it’s all I got in the world and I’m putting it in your hands. I’m telling you to be the head of this family from now on like you supposed to be. [Act 2. 76]
Role of Asagai
Racial prejudices
Breaks some stereotypes
Portrays and displays the beauty of the Motherland
The contrast between him and other characters in terms of knowledge emphasizes the ignorance about Africa
Definition: Irrational suspicion
or hatred of a race group
A warrior
Clybourne park
Walter In my heart of hearts – (He thumps his chest) – I am much warrior!
[Act 2. 56]
Oh, Mama – The Murchisons are honest-to-God-real-live-rich colored people, and the only people in the world more snobbish than rich white people are rich colored people.

Act 1 scene 1
Racial prejudice - Money
Clybourne Park Improvement Association,
sends Mr. Lindner to persuade them not to move into the all-white Clybourne Park neighborhood.

Act 2 scene 3
Asagai: You wear it well . . . very well . . .
mutilated hair and all.
Beneatha: My hair – what’s wrong with me hair?
Asagai: Were you born with it like that?
Beneatha: No . . . of course not.
Act 1 scene 2
Appearance - Hair
Act 2 scene 2
African stereotypes
0:53 - 1:19
5:30mins onwards
When mama said they were moving into Clybourne park, at first, no one wants to move in and everyone was surprised
Racial prejudice: white communities
American <==> African American
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