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Comparison of "A Raisin in the Sun" & "I have a Dream" Speech

Shezra Mumtaz

Shezra Mumtaz

on 25 March 2014

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Transcript of Comparison of "A Raisin in the Sun" & "I have a Dream" Speech

Comparison of
"I have a Dream" Speech & "A Raisin in the Sun"

Presented By Shezra Mumtaz
Thank you for listening to my presentation.
Hiding In the Jungle
Thesis Statement
“… I want you to believe me when I tell you that race prejudice simply doesn’t enter into it. It is a matter of the people of Clybourne Park believing, rightly or wrongly, as I say, that for the happiness of all concerned that out Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities.” (2.3.65)

Karl Lindner convinces the Youngers to not move into the neighbourhood by offering a bribe.
“The life of a Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation & the chains of discrimination.”

King explains that even today African Americans are treated in an unequal way.
“…Mama, you know it’s all divided up. Life is. Sure enough. Between the takers & the “tooken.” (He laughs) I’ve figured it out finally…People like Willy Harris, they don’t never get “tooken.” And you know why the rest of us do? ‘Cause we all mixed up. Mixed up bad. We get to looking ‘round for the right & the wrong; & we worry about it & cry about it & stay up nights to figure out ‘bout the wrong & right of things all the time… (3.1.89)

After the incident, Walter had been negatively impacted which forced him to not trust anyone.
Martin Luther King & Lorraine Hansberry examine the hegemonic & mainstream oppression on the marginalized African Americans in America during the mid-20th century to represent social inequality & racial tension of the era that negatively impacted the lives of the marginalized who only wished to achieve their dreams.
Edgar: “Some villain hath done me wrong.”

Edmund: “That’s my fear. I pray you have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower.” (Page 31.160)
Argument No. 1
“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity & discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”

King opposed laws that permitted unfair segregation & oppression on the African community.
King & Hansberry present the racial tensions between the marginalized & the hegemony/mainstream to expose the limits of an unequal & racist American society.

It is proven in both texts that the inequality & discrimination that African Americans face negatively impacts their thoughts, feelings, & domestic relationships with one another.

Argument No. 2
Finally, King & Hansberry reveal that it is human to dream but the marginalized must struggle & face racial discrimination to fulfill their dreams.
Argument No. 3
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

He expresses his desire for his children to live in a non-racial society in the future.
“Asagai, there is only one large circle that we march in, around and around, each of us with our own little picture—in front of us—our own little mirage that we think is the future.” (3.1.26-8)

Beneatha clarifies that one awaits impatiently for their dream to turn into reality. Though, she doubts that her family’s dreams will be fulfilled after Willy conned them.
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