"Families" - A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Essay by CcodymanHigh School, 10th gradeA, May 2004

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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...