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"Families" A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry And The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

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Families are all the members of a household under one roof according to Dictionary.com. Families have been around since the beginning of time. Families are there so you have someone to get help with when things are hard. The support given to us by our families shapes our ideas and values. Families can come in all shapes and sizes such as they could be a club or they could be a set of people that came from the same parents. Even though all families seem to look different and serve different purposes, all families are similar in some shape or form. A family can be made up the traditional dad, mom, and kids or any combination of people who are usually blood related or related by marriage. In the two plays, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Lena "Mama" Younger and Amanda Wingfield are similar and different in many ways such as caring for their kids, domestic status, and goals. Mama and Amanda care for their kids in many different ways. For example, both mothers want the best for their kids by trying to get the best thing for them. In the play, Mama wants the best for her kids by getting a new house. When Mama is talking to Walter about the new house, she describes how the house is set up: "It's--it's a nice house too... Three bedrooms--nice big one for you and Rut... Me and Beneatha still have to share our room, but Travis have one of his own." This example shows that she is buying the house so her kids and her grandkids will have a nice place to grow up in rather than a beat up apartment. With the house, her grandson Travis will be able to have a yard where he can play. Also Travis will be able to have his own room so he will not have to sleep in the living room every night. Next, Amanda wants the best for her kids by working a tough job. Amanda puts herself in a humiliating spot by selling subscription. She does this so she can get the better things so Laura can get a better chance of finding a suitor. Second, Mama cares for her kids by holding a strict environment in her house. When Ruth says a comment after Mrs. Johnson walks out the door Mama replies, "Shush. Don't talk about folks behind their backs."(104) This example shows that Mama cares for Ruth by scolding her so she does not turn into a bad person. Mama knows when she helps Ruth from being a bad person she is actually helping her be a happier person. Also Amanda cares for her kids by not letting Tom go to the Merchant Marines till Laura gets a caller. This holds Tom back from being a happy person, but Amanda knows Tom will be a much happier person if they get Laura settled down. In addition, when Laura is settled down she will be a happier person. Overall, both mothers care for their kids and want them to do well. Amanda and Mama have similar domestic conditions. Both Mama and Amanda keep a very tidy house. In the Wingfield apartment, Amanda keeps things clean. An...

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