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 motion picture A Raisin in the Sun stemmed from the movie script by Lorraine Hansberry, the character of Lena Younger is effectively portrayed to show the significance of the plant as a symbol of Lena remaining in ownership of a garden to call her own. Nevertheless, the theme of dreams, specifically Lena’s, is not made prominent enough to reveal Lena as a symbol of African American’s in the 50’s owning a home and moving up in society.
In the screenplay of A Raisin in the Sun, Lena Younger is a delicate mother and grandmother to the Younger home. 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 idea of God in her life. Lena states, “Now you state after me, in my moms home there is still God” (Hansberry 39).
This scene is efficiently remade in the movie. The actress that plays Lena makes her anger and shock in Beneatha’s remark extremely credible, which further stresses the fact that Lena’s worths are portrayed simply as effectively in the film as they remained in the composed screenplay.
Lena also stands up for herself, just like her child Beneatha. This is shown in the scene where Lena goes to the market to purchase some apples that are in extremely bad condition. Lena states, “Got the nerve to be askin’ individuals thirty-five cents for them apples look 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 screenplay, Lena’s character seemed really reckless. In the film nevertheless, this quote was not included.
Instead Lena told the clerk, in an ironical 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 trying to make stumbled upon both methods. Lena discovered as a headstrong female who just desires the very best and nothing less, within her budget plan. In these ways Lena Youngers character was represented efficiently, nevertheless, her character has more significance that simply great performing.
One of the most crucial signs in the screenplay A Raisin in the Sun is the plant. Throughout the screenplay and the film, no one else in the Younger home takes care of the plant other than for Lena, which is why the sign straight connects to her. In the screenplay, as soon as Lena enters her apartment or condo she goes to open the window. “Lord, if this little plant don’t start getting more sun, it ain’t never going to see spring once again”. (Hansberry 66). This shows that after a long day, she still cares for her feeble little plant, and its growth.
In the film this scene was not represented efficiently, primarily because the home the director picked does not properly fit the description in the movie script, therefore making the importance of the plant ineffective. Despite that, the true importance of the plant is that Lena was yearning for her own garden, which was revealed efficiently in the movie. The quote from the motion picture corresponding to this scene is “If that plant do not get more sunshine than it’s been getting, it’s just gon na give up” (A Raisin in the Sun) which shows that Lena does take care of the plant, however can’t do anything about its well-being.
In the future in the movie script Lena starts to get stressed out and worried about her kids. The only thing she relies on then is her plant, which shows that Lena is in control of a minimum of one thing in her home. When Ruth brings up the reality that Beneatha is home later than normal Lena replies, “I do not think this plant’s had more than a speck of sunshine throughout the day” (Hansberry 76). This might be to direct her worries in other places, that makes sense due to the fact that in other emotional scenes, such as when Lena is becoming aware of Mr.
Linder, the video camera focuses in on Lena touching the plants soil with her hands. The reply could likewise be due to the fact that she sees her dream in the plant– she sees it remains in a weak state which it is barely growing. Lena also sees that Beneatha and Walter, her kids, are experiencing brand-new things and are growing to become people of the brand-new generation. Due to the fact that of this, she might turn to the plant and hope the very same for it– wish for it to bloom into something better and of that generation.
Lena’s imagine owning a garden represents not just her dream, but the dream of all the lower class african americans of the 50’s. Although Lena attempts to keep her run down house looking polished, she makes it clear that she dreams for bigger things. While speaking with Ruth about when her and Huge Walter purchased your home Lena stated, “… But Lord, kid, you ought to have understood all the dreams I had about purchasing me that home and after that repairing it up and making me a little garden in the back” (Hansberry 69), which clearly shows Lena’s dream.
Not only does she want a great garden for herself, but she desires a home for her household, so they can all enjoy living. This scene was not successfully shown in the motion picture mainly because, as mentioned in the past, the home they were residing in did not look diminish as was explained in the movie script. Due to this, when the characters were talking about the “ratty-ness” of the home it did not make sense, since their dialogue did not fit the visual. The ultimate dream for african americans of the time was to live in a location full of life, and obviously with less lease.
The screenplay indicates that the apartment or condo is small which “weariness has, in reality, won in this room” (Hansberry 23), which suggests that the room is in bad condition. The motion picture reveals the living-room as little however it does disappoint it as scruffy, like the screenplay indicated. At that time and now, this is considered poverty, nevertheless the film displays the space as well kept and does not appear worn, which is what Lena attempts to make it seem like. After Mr. Lindner comes to the Younger family, Beneatha, Walter and Ruth discuss what he desired from them, which was to purchase their house off of them.
Lena does not totally comprehend in the beginning why he would come, which shows that she does not comprehend that there will be problems with moving into a white area. “Dad give 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 realize that the new generation does not directly say what they feel. This creates the tone that, much like Beneatha and Walter have been telling Lena, she is not informed enough on the brand-new generation.
Because Lena represents the African Americans of the 50’s broadening in society, it was ineffectively shown in the movie and the movie script, due to the fact that of he automatic assumption that they were threatened. All in all, the character of Lena is ineffectively represented in the motion picture to signify what the african american’s of the 1950’s must have resembled. Having a look at Lorraine Hansberry’s idea of having a character like Lena in the screenplay, one comprehends that she is a statement rather than simply a character with a dream.
Lena Younger is a statement to reveal that women in the 1950’s can work all the time to provide for their families and still be caring instead of miserable. The condition the Youngers were residing in was one where Lena could quickly have actually been sour to her member of the family rather than nurturing. This is what Hansberry wished to show. Also the plant represents Lena’s nurturing side, that she will do anything to make individuals (or things) she takes care of grow and succeed. In general, the directors of the film A Raisin in the Sun did a good job in translating Lena’s role in the movie script.