A Raisin in the Sun– 1
ENG 2D7 26 November 2012 The significance of Lena Younger in the movie script and movie A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Kenny Leon In the movie A Raisin in the Sun derived from the screenplay by Lorraine Hansberry, the character of Lena Younger is successfully portrayed to show the value of the plant as a sign of Lena being in ownership of a garden to call her own. Nevertheless, the style of dreams, especially Lena’s, is not made popular enough to reveal Lena as a symbol of African American’s in the 50’s owning a home and going up in society.
In the movie script of A Raisin in the Sun, Lena Younger is a delicate mother and granny to the Younger household. She is really spiritual, and demands of her kids to thank God for their lives. This is revealed when Lena slaps Beneatha for challenging the concept of God in her life. Lena says, “Now you say after me, in my mothers house there is still God” (Hansberry 39). This scene is effectively remade in the motion picture. The actress that plays Lena makes her anger and shock in Beneatha’s comment really credible, which even more stresses the reality that Lena’s values are depicted just as successfully in the motion picture as they were in the written movie script.
Lena likewise stands up for herself, much like her daughter Beneatha. This is displayed in the scene where Lena goes to the marketplace to purchase some apples that remain in very bad condition. Lena states, “Got the nerve to be askin’ individuals thirty-five cents for them apples appear like they was on the scene when Moses crossed over … Would not be tryin’ to sell ’em over yonder where I work” (Hansberry 54). In this scene of the movie script, Lena’s character seemed very headstrong. In the movie however, this quote was not included. Rather Lena informed the clerk, in a sarcastic tone, “Am I being charged for the worms too? (A Raisin in the Sun), which suggests that the quality of the apples was bad. Although the scene was various, the point Hansberry was attempting to make stumbled upon both ways. Lena stumbled upon as a headstrong woman who just desires the very best and nothing less, within her budget plan. In these ways Lena Youngers character was depicted successfully, however, her character has more significance that simply great performing. One of the most crucial signs in the movie script A Raisin in the Sun is the plant. Throughout the movie script and the movie, no ne else in the Younger home takes care of the plant except for Lena, which is why the sign directly links to her. In the screenplay, as soon as Lena enters her house she goes to open the window. “Lord, if this little plant don’t begin getting more sun, it ain’t never visiting spring again”. (Hansberry 66). This reveals that after a long day, she still takes care of her weak little plant, and its growth. In the film this scene was not depicted effectively, mostly because the house the director chose does not accurately fit the description in the screenplay, hence making the significance of the plant inadequate.
Regardless of that, the real symbolism of the plant is that Lena was longing for her own garden, and that was revealed efficiently in the film. The quote from the film corresponding to this scene is “If that plant do not get more sunlight than it’s been getting, it’s simply gon na quit” (A Raisin in the Sun) which shows that Lena does take care of the plant, but can’t do anything about its well-being. Later on in the movie script Lena starts to get stressed out and anxious about her kids. The only thing she turns to then is her plant, which reveals that Lena is in control of a minimum of something in her house.
When Ruth brings up the fact that Beneatha is home behind typical Lena replies, “I don’t think this plant’s had more than a speck of sunshine all day” (Hansberry 76). This might be to direct her concerns elsewhere, which makes sense because in other psychological scenes, such as when Lena is hearing about Mr. Linder, the camera focuses in on Lena touching the plants soil with her hands. The reply could also be due to the fact that she sees her dream in the plant– she sees it remains in a weak state and that it is barely growing.
Lena likewise sees that Beneatha and Walter, her children, are experiencing new things and are growing to become individuals of the brand-new generation. Since of this, she might rely on the plant and hope the same for it– expect it to blossom into something much better and of that generation. Lena’s imagine owning a garden represents not only her dream, but the imagine all the lower class african americans of the 50’s. Although Lena tries to keep her run down apartment looking polished, she makes it clear that she dreams for larger things.
While speaking with Ruth about when her and Huge Walter bought your house Lena stated, “… But Lord, child, you need to have known all the dreams I had about purchasing me that house and after that fixing it up and making me a little garden in the back” (Hansberry 69), which clearly reveals Lena’s dream. Not just does she want a good garden for herself, but she wants a home for her household, so they can all enjoy living. This scene was not successfully shown in the film primarily because, as discussed in the past, the house they were residing in did not look run down as was explained in the movie script.
Due to this, when the characters were speaking about the “ratty-ness” of the apartment or condo it did not make good sense, because their dialogue did not fit the visual. The ultimate dream for african americans of the time was to live in a place complete of life, and naturally with less lease. The screenplay implies that the house is small which “weariness has, in truth, won in this space” (Hansberry 23), which suggests that the space remains in poor condition. The movie shows the living-room as little however it does disappoint it as tattered, like the movie script indicated.
At that time and now, this is thought about poverty, nevertheless the film shows the room too kept and does not appear broken, which is what Lena attempts to make it appear like. After Mr. Lindner pertains to the Younger household, Beneatha, Walter and Ruth describe what he wanted from them, which was to buy their home off of them. Lena does not entirely understand at first why he would come, which reveals that she does not understand that there will be complications with moving into a white community. “Dad offer us strength. Intentionally and without fun:-RRB- Did he threaten us? “(Hansberry 169). This shows that although Lena feels threatened by Mr. Lindner, she does not understand that the new generation does not straight state what they feel. This produces the tone that, much like Beneatha and Walter have been informing Lena, she is not informed enough on the new generation. Considering that Lena represents the African Americans of the 50’s broadening in society, it was ineffectively displayed in the movie and the movie script, since of he automated presumption that they were threatened.
All in all, the character of Lena is ineffectively portrayed in the movie to represent what the african american’s of the 1950’s should have resembled. Taking a look at Lorraine Hansberry’s concept of having a character like Lena in the movie script, one understands that she is a statement rather than simply a character with a dream. Lena Younger is a declaration to reveal that women in the 1950’s can work all the time to provide for their households and still be caring rather than miserable. The condition the Youngers were residing in was one where Lena could easily have actually been sour to her family members rather than nurturing.
This is what Hansberry wished to reveal. Likewise the plant signifies Lena’s nurturing side, that she will do anything to make the people (or things) she takes care of grow and prosper. In general, the directors of the motion picture A Raisin in the Sun did a decent job in interpreting Lena’s function in the screenplay. Works Cited Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. Toronto: Penguin Books Canada Ltd, 1994. Print. A Raisin in the Sun. Dir. by Kenny Leon. Perf. Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad. Sony Pictures, 2008. DVD.