A Raisin In The Sun Younger Family

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As a young girl Lorraine Hansberry experienced life as a Black person living in a White neighborhood (Reuben, 2009); it is little wonder that in her play adapted to movie, A Raisin in the Sun (2008), she can portray the life of a three-generation black family-Youngers, set in a 1950s Chicago south side with such clarity. The Younger family of five lived the life of the typical Black family at its worst in a run-down single bedroom apartment. They experienced love, hardship, poverty, cultural issues and many other problems as they all dream of a better life and the hope that one check will bring. In this paper, social scientists will explore the richness of cultural diversity as well as the benefits and drawbacks experienced by the Youngers. They will focus on developing a plan for delivering culturally competent services to the family appearing in the video They will deliver behavioral health services with the use of competent strategies to address cultural issues in the lives of the Younger family.Cultural issuesThe Younger family members are Lena, the matriarch of the family, Walter, Lena's 35-year-old son, Beneatha, Lena's daughter, Ruth, Walter's wife, and Travis, Walter and Ruth's eight-year-old son. The family has many cultural issues to overcome. Some of these issues are poverty, racial discrimination, marital problems, generational, and educational issues.Poverty is obvious because the family lives together in a rundown apartment and Lena works as a maid, Walter as a chauffeur, and Ruth irons clothing for people. In the opening scene Travis, Walter and Ruth's son asks for 50 cents for a school donation and his mother tells him that they do not have 50 cents. Living in the 1950s era, the family also has to deal with living in a rundown neighborhood rife with racial discrimination. The racial discrimination is evident in the scene in the grocery store when Lena asks for some good apples from the grocer and she receives rotten apples but a white woman in the store receives almost perfect apples. Marital problems are obvious in the way that Ruth and Walter argue about issues such as money and what to do about Ruth's pregnancy. Generational issues between Lena, her children, alter and Ruth's son Travis is also apparent as the movie shows the difference between Lena's faith and Beneatha's lack of faith. Educational issues are also apparent as the movie shows Beneatha attending college to become a doctor whereas Walter is struggling to provide for his family by working as a chauffeur.Individual issues are a problem within the family that also causes problems within the family unit. Lena's issues are: she is torn between doing what is best for the family and trying to satisfy everyone's wants. She is also still dealing with grief over her husband's death and receiving money for his death. Walter issues are: his bitterness and low self-esteem. Walter also wants to be his own man and provide for his family but thinks that only money will help him...

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