• Living in a third world country has it ups and its downs but for the most part its who we are. Living in Lagos may have been difficult for Elvis, but I think it will benefit him in the future. I think the chance that he got to come to America is redemption for him. Elvis would have a strong sense of who he is because America is a new life for him.…[Read more]

  • Frankie commented on the post, Elvis, on the site The Arts of Dissent 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Chris Abani tries to engage the reader with culture. Each chapter there is a description of kola nuts which sets a way of living in Lagos for the reader. Elvis is a main character and others add life to him. Abani puts Elvis in a unimaginable setting. The description was cold and we could envision this happening. At the end of the scene, he was…[Read more]

  • As a son of hispanic parents, there are foods that I eat that are part of my culture. I know its part of my culture because when I take a flight to Dominican Republic, I am proud of the food I am eating because I am learning the lifestyle of the place. I find it enlightening that I could relate to people from another country. The foods that…[Read more]

  • In Graceland written by Chris Abani, the Kola Nut is introduced for each chapter. This is true. After viewing the youtube video, I got the message that the Kola Nut brings life. At the end of the video, it said “he who brings kola nut, brings life.” That makes sense because of the rituals and the people in the video seemed like they were having a…[Read more]

  • The piece of art on page 147 Sleeping Heads, shares a story. With this image Rankine can describe altercations that one person can imagine. The hand around the neck of what seems to be baby is in a manner of strangling. I would imagine a grasp for air as this image is in action. To add more emphasis or to put “style” in the mixture there are some…[Read more]

  • The death of Trayvon Martin is something I remember seeing in the news. It was a big. Many people wanted answers as to why this happened to him. In Citizens, tragedy is clearly displayed. It is sad. I could imagine a person with such strong sense of hopelessness and in silence. The pain is unbelievable but I still have to pay respect because as I…[Read more]

  • I have had some obstacles to overcome in the past and I am glad of how things turned out because I am grateful for the position I am in. I value education a lot. Within the obstacles, there were moments where I had to reflect and answer a question that was difficult and still is. I wanted to make a change in myself so I had to answer how can I do…[Read more]

  • As parents, they try to comfort the child in situations that may be awkward or disturbing. In page 12, the mother response is “I’ll sit in the middle.” But before that there is a line that caught my attention. “You hope by sitting in silence you are the bucking the trend.” I like this line because its true. You can’t control all the actions of…[Read more]

  • There are many reparations that could be compensated for. Sometimes they are being mistreated because of stigma. They say learn from the past so that it won’t happen in the future. Being that stigma is not favored other chances become harder to achieve. The past is something we learn from and hope that we can progress from it. African- Americans…[Read more]

  • Hi, when I read this document some ideas came to mind and I think it would make some thesis’ better to write. The information I received was similiar and i want to point out a line that was in the article. ” Her work and her biography have come to us largely through efforts of her literary executor and divorced husband Robert Nemiroff (from…[Read more]

  • “A Raisin in the Sun: After 25 Years More Significant than Ever” written by Elizabeth Hadley Freyberg is the article that I found on Jstor. It talks about different scenes the production and it even includes some […]

    • Hey, Frankie! I really enjoyed reading your perspective on this because I also chose the same article as well. I love that you mentioned “it even includes some ones that were cut from the play” because it was really interesting to read about why they chose to take out certain scenes. For example, it mentioned the “Red Scare”, which I wasn’t too familiar with what it was, so I looked it up and it was basically the fear of the rise of communism. This was a touchy topic back in the 50s, which is why the scene with the bomb going off was cut from the play. I looked forward to hearing more about this article through your point of view in class!

  • Frankie commented on the post, movement, on the site The Arts of Dissent 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    When reading “When a History Sleeps”: A Beginning I too underlined the quote “I did not write this book for those traditional leftist who have traded in their dreams for orthodoxy and sectarianism.”(P7) Another quote I underlined is “This is what poet Askia Muhammad Toure meant when, in a 1964 article in Liberator magazine, he called…[Read more]

  • Lorraine Hansberry lead me to thinking that having goals, aspirations, character and making good decisions lead us all into a brighter future. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is very inspirational […]

    • You have a pretty difficult post to answer. It’s a bit tricky to answer if they were unified in the end or not. To me, it kind of felt like things just happened to workout that way and they had a “happy” ending. Take a look at page 144 where Walter is on the floor acing out what he would say to Karl. Here it’s clear that he’s losing his mind as he regresses from the language he used daily to the language his ancestors would have used. To which Benetha says, “That is not a man” (Hansberry 144). You have to be driven into a real corner to go that far. I guess his decision worked out in the end where he valued his family more than money and his ego and took the house. But I just can’t help thinking about how they’re going to even pay for all that and survive. I know, totally avoiding the symbolic meaning of it, but I have to wonder.

    • Hi Frankie,
      I agree with your statement when you said : “The idea of coming to your sense and realizing what the world wants you to be comes about” when referring to Walter. Walter was the perfect example to represent an African American trying to support a family at the timeframe. Though I do not think his actions, such as skipping work and attempting to put the money from the check into the alcohol business rather than a house, depicted a character that had it all “together”, he does come to his senses. He comes to the realization that the house is what the family needs and thats where the idea of unity comes in. It is what THEY want not just Walter, and I think that is where the concept of unity comes in, thus, bringing overall contentment and turning point from Walter and the family.

    • In the end i do think Walter’s decision was successful, because this is something they all have been wanting in a way. By Walter making that decision, it is just one step closer for the rest of the characters accomplishing their dreams. Most things start from home, now that they all have a nice house to live in, they can go about their ways. They are a family together and the decisions they make will impact each other as well. Mama was able to have something she has been dreaming about for years. This gives hope to the others that one day their dreams will come true if they don’t gibe up. When you said “He brought up family, his father, and when saying this I pictured him almost in tears like if he had a breaking voice”, this is something that I also pictured because it was such a moment for everyone that this would be his initial reaction he is doing in honor of his father.

    • I think it was clever that Lorraine Hansberry made two of the characters in the play students; students who had different ideas for what their future will hold. It is similar to us as students. Travis and Beneatha are different in ages and what they want to do in life. Beneathas parents are proud of her work ethic and want her to succeed, while Travis is unsure because first his parents influence him to do one thing, then another, which is confusing him for the future to come. There are many conflicts within this play, arguments between family members, problems with society, but I think the quote you used from Mama is perfect. Mama states, “There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.” Regardless of what life throws at us, it is important to love; love one another, love yourself, love your community and even love your successes and failures. The love for something is what makes us eager to continue striving for greatness and although we might rise sometimes and fall others, it is important to always keep your eye on the prize.

    • When reading your post, Frankie, this one line really caught my attention: “The characters could be examples of how we united can come to conclusions that affect us all in a positive way.” I seen truth in this statement of yours, for this sole reason: the family, from the start of the play, always seem to be at odds. We are given-by Hansberry-multiple characters with multiple inertias. Various attractions pulling the Younger family apart instead of pulling them inward. Perhaps this unity spoken of can be accomplished with something as simple as a “discussion.” Responding to your question: do you think Walter’s decision was successful? I answer in the affirmative. The actions of Walter bring the family that much closer. His actions lead him to realize his faults, the faults of Beneatha-this of course. comes with the assistance of Mama-and guides the Younger family to consider their worth. Walter’s actions bring the Younger family a step closer to a united cohort-this of course comes with all the natural disagreements associated with family life, but nonetheless, it is a step in the right direction. Well done on the post, Frankie. See you in class.


    • I agree with the quote you used, because mama is always giving life lessons especially to Walter which he never listens to. At first I thought that Walter called Lindner to take the offer on the money. Since he didn’t it definitely showed improvement in his character and not only that but gave readers a different view at things. Most colored people would’ve probably taken the deal for more money. But Walter instead told the man he was still moving after losing the rest of his fathers money. He honored his father and his whole family even though he did mess up by losing money. I think his act was successful in giving his family a better future in a new neighborhood.

    • I like that emotional reference you made about Walter when he was talking about his dad. I felt like he would be saying it in that tone when talking about the move and what the house meant to him. It’s as though he becomes vulnerable, like a young child, or a woman.
      You have a sentence in the third paragraph that poses as a question and confused me the first time reading it because it was not properly constructed. In fact, the beginning of the third paragraph could be articulated better. Everything from “The question…” to “…about that” could be left out.
      One final comment, I like how engaged you are with the passages, using quotes and commenting your own opinion as well as referencing your thoughts on what the quote may mean for the characters.

      I feel like the idea of unity and team spirit come about in the last scenes when the communication begins to get through. Instead of just insults, or witty comebacks, there is a sense of an open communication flow.

    • I believe that Walter at the end although he failed his family many times over, his success outshone his faults. It is seen at the end Walter Is praised by Mama as she states, ” He finally come into his manhood today, didn’t he? Kind of like a rainbow after the rain”. Mama’s comparison of the rainbow to her son is a reference to her son shining out of his own pride and ego. Perhaps this is the highest form of success Walter has shown through out the book, him standing up to Lindeman. The unity his family shown after he turned down Lindeman and his check, the look of admiration and approval.

    • I believe that Walter made the correct decision for his family. That decision being not allowing the Clyborne Park Improvement Association buy the Youngers out of the community. Unlike his first decision to follow his dream of being a successor of his own business by using the remaining money (most of which was not all his) for it, this one was selfless. This is what everyone wants and it is beneficial to each and every one of them. With their father’s money, Walter tried to start his own business and Beneatha wanted to pay for her education to be a doctor. Now with the money gone they will both have to continue to achieve those goals on their own which to me will make them appreciate their success all the more (and builds more character of oneself, well to me it does).
      You stated that Lorraine Hansberry led you to think that, “having goals, aspirations, character and making good decisions lead us all into a brighter future,” and I agree with you. I believe that everyone should have a goal of getting somewhere and being the person they want to be and yes they will experience hardships and obstacles that will make them want to give up. We see this happen to Beneatha on page 135 when she is talking to Asagai and he tells her don’t let her brother’s action be an excuse for her giving up on her dream. So just never forget ultimate goal and why you want to achieve it so much.

  • Walter and Beneatha are important character’s of Lorraine Hansberry. Walter is a business man, a father, a son, and a brother. Beneatha is a sister that doesn’t have a clear vision of who she is. “Beneatha is of course in search of this, and searches so with leaving out what she sees as conformity, or rather, assimilation. Asagai stands as a…[Read more]


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  • A Raisin in the Sun is written by Lorraine Hansberry. She has a good and interesting concept that attracted me and made me think of myself and how I’m doing in life. Several topics were touched including different […]

    • I feel the same way about A Raisin in the Sun. It continued to motivate me to succeed in all aspects of life, and it’s only the beginning scenes. Each character has a purpose in this play; whether it is to motivate the other characters, succeed in life, or to grant words of wisdom. I feel that we can relate to each character and allows me to remember never to give up, regardless of what life throws in the way. I read this play freshman year of high school and I loved it. I feel like it is a play that makes you feel encouraged and to never be satisfied.

    • I think this play, especially Act I, scene I makes the reader feel encouraged and motivated. I really like how Hansberry sets up each character by giving the reader an insight on their hopes and dreams. Introducing the characters to us in this way allows us to see what kind of a family they are but also what kind of people they are as individuals. I found the first act of the play to inspiring and even uplifting because each character had such passion when describing their desires in life. The character of Mama stuck out to me as well because she is in a way the roots to the family and makes sure each and every one of the family members achieves what he/she desires. Mama is a strong woman in that she is the center of the family and says the things she says soley because she wants what is best for the family. She wants them to strive and be successful and to take on challenges. She want each and every character to have the life they deserve. I have never read this play before yet I had heard of it. Just from reading Act I, scene I, I am already hooked because the opening scene is so captivating because it starts off with a strong tone of hopefulness and determination, therefore I know this play will ultimately be something of my interest.

    • After reading just the first scene in this play, I can definitely relate to many aspects of it. The one of many themes in the play, is family. It shows how the family stays in one place and they encourage and care for each other. To me, family is the most important thing. It was also relatable to me because my sister also went to medical school and I know how costly it is. To answer your questions, yes this play definitely makes me feel encouraged. It makes me want to push harder and accomplish my goals, and it shows me that no matter what just follow your dreams.

    • I don’t usually enjoy reading plays, but this one definitely doesn’t seem like one. So I was very encouraged as I read and found everything going on interesting. I’ve never read this before but Ruth seems as if one of the most important characters. This is because everyone keeps coming to her about things and asking her questions. I’m actually excited to keep reading on and see what happens next.

    • I also agree on the fact that the first act had a motivational influence on me as well. Even with the evident struggles of the family, the mother perseveres. Her own determination was inspirational and evidently she has desires and goals she wishes to achieve. In fact each individual character years to fulfill their dreams. I have never read this playwright before, however with first Act and Scene I am impressed on the emotional drama and obvious set purposefulness of the family.

      • I identify mostly with Beneatha who “flits” between different creative pursuits. I’m only a year older then her but remember being younger and wanting to explore different interests like Paintball and Archery. Money isn’t just an object in this family and I can’t tell where they fit in class wise. If they are middle class, I understand a lot of struggles with feeling like they do not have enough and need to risk in order to gain. Mama is the tether that keeps them down to earth and doesn’t let their dreams come to fruition. Even though she is keeping the peace in the house, her religious beliefs are keeping the family back in terms of financial success. She has negative connotations about the liqueur business and doesn’t take Beneatha aspiration to be a doctor seriously. Both Ruth and Mama are in awe when she says ” If” she decides to marry a husband because her career would be a priority. Under the societal and economic circumstances they live under now, these dreams are not intangible but the communication in the family is poor.

    • I’ve never read the book before, however I do know what the book is about from friends who have read the book and watched the movie. By reading Act one scene one I get the sense of lost dreams and hope. Seeing Walter talk so passionately about owning the liquor store makes me think of how determined Walter is of make something of himself. Walter doesn’t feel accomplished and he seems depressed. The life that he’s living doesn’t seem to be the life he planned. I feel as though Walter is resentful because he has to watch others live the life that he desires. After reading this scene I am encouraged to follow my dreams and not have any regrets on the decisions that I make, because one day I can look back and be as resentful and bitter as Walter because I didn’t make my dreams come true.

  • Frankie commented on the post, Act IV & V, on the site The Arts of Dissent 8 months ago

    I have a deep understanding of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” As I was reading it struck me, that the language used here is special. At one point, I kept reading seeing where it would lead me and it took me to a place of serenity and honor. Prospero does think of himself and he wants something special for his daughter. At another point I noticed…[Read more]

  • In Act 3, the plot does get heavy. Referring to Acts 1 and 2, Act3 shows us lifestyle. There are characters who show more life than others although, in my opinion, might not be in the best of their interest. I understood there was a level of rank. Stephano replies in page 49 with a resilient statement. ” Ay, on mine honor.” Caliban on page 50 says…[Read more]

  • The thought of morality in this play clears up a lot. The plot is dense and the characters are full of life. Dissent adds purpose to the play and it allows us to freely read and grasp ideas that in other plays or books are easier to understand. Believing in what’s happening and having an opinion that Shakespeare brings an important topic to…[Read more]

  • Hi Emily, my name is Frankie. When I understood your post, it gave me a feeling. Refugees with no names being moved around pointlessly I imagined, is not seen in this country. But, it does happen across the world. Shameless shares a story with those affected with this situation. “Opinions don’t matter contributing to the suspension.”When…[Read more]

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