LIT 210 Week 4 dq2
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Date Created: 11/11/15
Week 4 dq2 Lorraine Hansbury actually was born into a very prosperous black family in Chicago Her parents were welleducated and successful for any family much less a black family during that era Despite the prosperity of her family she easily identi ed with the challenges of growing up black in a country that had still barely recognized any semblance of civil rights In fact probably because of her family39s success she was able to experience rst hand the hostility of whites who did not tolerate a black family living amongst them quotA Raisin in the Sunquot was a clear re ection of what she witnessed and experienced in her life in Chicago I think she identi es herself with Beneatha in the Younger family because of Beneatha39s desire to get a great education as well as her choice of occupation in the mostly maledominated eld of medicine Hansbury was obviously quite eager to bring to light the dif culties of growing up black during that time Her play was met with great success on Broadway and she broke convention by being the rst black woman in America to have such distinction In a similar way Beneatha hoped to break with tradition in her drive to be a doctor Does anyone think that her name Beneatha has any signi cance since this name contains the word quotbeneathquot Probably not but I thought I would pose the question to see what everyone thinks Sophocles was a popular and wellrespected man in his time He continuously won drama contests year after year in annual festivals He also served in the Athenian navy and the government I think Sophocles39 play quotOedipus Rexquot re ected his cultural identity well From the rst page of the play it is quite obvious that Oedipus39 primary concern is for the wellbeing of his city Thebes I believe that Sophocles felt the same about his home city of Athens To him and Oedipus banishment was as terrible a punishment as death Today if one were banished from say New York one would just say quotOh wellquot and move to Boston or LA Back in the time of Sophocles I think being banned from one39s city was not only inconvenient but also a disgrace ton one39s family Sophocles does a great job of making this fact apparant in the way that Oedipus is devastated for himself his family and his city
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