Nearly evvery person has a dream.
Few fortunate ones, such as Martin Luther King, are able to live there dream. However, there are some unfortunate people who fail to achieve it. Either way one has to accept the reality and if needed, move on. There are many stories written in which the importance of dreams is expressed. The most controversial and brave of its time is A raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hanseberry. This play was filmed in 1961 by Columbia Pictures and a new version came out in 2008. the 2008 version was directed by Kenny Leon.
While Leon brought his own vision of the play, screen writer Paris Qualles, brought new version by adding numerous scenes to hansberry’s original play. Hansberry’s motive behind writitng A Raisin in the Sun was to aware the white’s about the African-American dreams in the play. The play revolves around the younger familiy, Lena, her daughter Beneatha and son Walter, along with Walter’s wife (Ruth) and son ( Travis). Beneatha’s dream is made very clear in the play which is to be a docter Ruthe wants her own home Walter wants to own business of a liquior store Lena dreams of equal nights and Travis dream is to have his own bedroom.While they all have dreams, the chances of them coming true are very low. For the chances they do have require extremely hard work. The reason is that, they are a African-American familiy who are struggling to get their identity and rights in a world where white people rule.
This idea of racism is the main idea of A Rasin in the Sun. The old version of A Rasin in the Sun was released in the time period if the conflict between the whites and the colored. In result to this, Columbia Pictures was not able to express the idea od racism very openly.However, There are several scences among all the added scenes which furthur express the idea of racism.
There are some scenes which good relations between white and black people are shown. There are also some scenes that show the mistreatment with the African-Americans. The begening of the movie shows an addition of a scene. In it, Lena and the little girl who is white, have a very good bond. Eventhough they share a good bond, Lena is glad to call it her last day. This scene shows hwo her workplace is not bad. At the same time, another addition of the scene shows Walter’s work place.
At his workplace, his boss does not give attention. His boss only talks to him when he has to order him about the plains in the day. While his boss shows no connection to Walter, in another added scene, the police officer has a bad connection. In that scene, Walter and Boba are both Aferican-American. They park the cars in order to have a word with each other and the cops comes to roughly order them to keep it moving.
Without any rejection, in all respect, Walter and Babo have to do exactly as he says. These scenes are added to show the audience Walter’s and Lena’s work place.The significance of this is that since Leana has a good workplace, she is fine with being the “working folks”. However, Walter does not agree with the idea of ” Working folks”. He wants to be rich and does not want to work under anyone.
Along with these scenes, there were other scenes that were added to show the difference between the two races. A scene in which Leana goes to buy the apples, racial differene is shown. The white guy who works there refuses to give her good apples while he gives the white lady good apples.The new verison also shows the attitudes of the neighbors when they see the Youngers from their window.
Racial discrimination is also shown in Beneatha’s school. In her school, there is no white student talking to her. Matter of fact, white students are only shown communicating with the same race. Along with that, Asagai’s class is empty. She is the only student is his class and interested in African-American’s heritage. The 2008 version gives the audience on of people feeling comfortable with thier own race.Along with scenes at school, the grocery store and with the cop, there are other scenes which express the same idea.
The additional setting of the bar where Walter meets Willy and the coffee shop show only African-American people. There is not white person on both settings. Places which are for people to relax, hang out and have fun, such as coffee shops and bas, are shown with everyone of the same race. Along with Paris Qualles’ new ideas to the play, Kenny Leon also gives the audience the taste of news look of the characters.Even though the characters look very nic on the screen, their look does not seem logical. Their clothes don’t match the fact that they are poor.
Excluding Walter and Travis, they all where various clothes. Beneatha even wears clothes made out of silk when she went out with Asagai to the movies and when she is at a dance with George. It is very well known that back then silk fabric was very expensive. The coats worn by Leana, Ruth and Beneatha are good quality expensive clothes Walter wears a leather jacket which was even more expensive than silk.Along with their clothes, Ruth and Leana wears variaty of aprons in different scenes also. Ruth is even wears a gold chain with a cross necklace, a bracelet, and earrings in her ears. This does not show that they were poor.
Tn the older verison however the characters wear almost the same clothes. Walter’s pants are shown high water’s. This shows that he has been wearing the same pair of pants for a long time. Also the characters in the old version are not as healthy as the 2008 version.
The old characters make it easier for the audience to believe that they were poor African-American of 1960’s.At the same time, the addition of scenes in the new verison gives a better idea of the younger’s everyday life and what they went through along with a few changes, the story and ending was the same. Lorraine Hansberry very creatively ended the story on a positive note. Each Character happily forget their own dream and start to live the same dream as each other. Even though they go through such a big loss, they begin with a new, frest and happy start at the new house. The end is very beautiful beacause it expresses the idea if tamorrow and no matter what happens believing in one’s dreams.