A Raisin in the Sun (Movie to the Book)
Lauren Gault Mr. Russell AP Literature 22 Feb 2011 A Raisin in the Sun The play and the production of A Raisin in the Sun are comparable in several methods. After reading the play and seeing the motion picture, there are numerous things that don’t precisely match up to one another causing the audience to develop a predisposition about numerous things that could utilize some reviewing. With all intentions, Hansberry worked delicately to select the ideal stars to fit the parts in the film production. Although Hansberry had excellent intentions when selecting the stars, acting is one of those things that she ought to think about examining for some characters in the motion picture.
Mama is one character that had great acting qualities. She was the typical grandma in both the play and the motion picture. She carried all the ideal qualities in her performing. In the movie she was dressed appropriately as a grandma using a gown, an apron, a hat with a flower on it, and her hair bound “old timey”. She was a rather large framed woman and had all of the characteristics one would think about when thinking of a grandma at this time. Not just did Mom’s look fit the description, so did her voice; actually and symbolically. She had her heart in place for the good of the family, specifically Travis.
Mama likewise spoke from knowledge and the heart. She had actually been through a lot throughout her life and not only spoke from the heart but, acted from the heart. Mom presented herself in a “grandmotherly” way by acting from the heart and depicted the real actions of a grandma, just as she was depicted in the play. Ruth is another character who provided herself in the film production as she was presented in the play. Ruth was really constant in her acting and transitioned efficiently throughout her lines. Her acting methods and look likewise fit her character well.
Simply as a housewife and a mama in the 1960’s, Ruth wore a dress and an apron, just as Mama did, she was up before anybody else in the house was, and she cleaned, cooked, and fulfilled every duty as a homemaker and mother. Lot of times, Ruth had to bite her tongue although there were lots of things she wanted to say. She moved through these lines just as if it were a genuine scenario in between a mother-in-law and daughter-in– law. Ruth’s acting was simply as society would anticipate it to be and just as Hansberry meant for it to be. Unfortunately, the exact same qualities of Mama and Ruth can not be described in Walter and Beneatha.
In the motion picture production, Walter and Beneatha provided the audience the impression that they were simply reading their lines and performing their parts. They did not put their hearts into performing and offer the audience the intuition that the play was a real situation. Walter’s voice had a mechanical tone to it, offering no feeling, just as if it were tape-recorded. When strolling and moving throughout the house, Walter moved as if he were a robot with the exception of when he was dancing and jumping on the cooking area table. Although Walter didn’t put hardly any emotion into his performance, Beneatha had some feeling behind her efficiency.
With the little feeling Beneatha did have, she did refrain from doing much with it. She too, sounded mechanical. Her peak of feeling was when she used her African gown she got from a pal. There was not enough feeling acting in between to the two to be equivalent to the feeling behind Mother or Ruth’s acting. There are multiple things that Hansberry might do to improve the quality of Walter and Beneatha’s acting. Mom and Ruth offered the audience a sense that the play was happening in real life. Walter and Beneatha on the other hand, provided an impression that it was just another play that they needed to carry out.
To make much better characters of Walter and Beneatha, Hansberry ought to consider adding some emotion in their performing. A bit of tone altering is all that it would take to provide the audience an entirely various impression of their characters. Their voices stay at a consistent tone practically throughout the whole play. Also adding more movement throughout the apartment and much easier shifts would make the play circulation smoother. With all of the aspects that Hansberry could work on to enhance the quality of the characters, intonation would be one overall component that would change the motion picture greatly.
Hansberry had lots of intentions when picking the characters for the motion picture production of A Raisin in the Sun. Unfortunately; I have to say that Walter and Beneatha are the ones that did not meet the quality in acting that Mom and Ruth did. Little things like tone of voice and shifts are components that could be altered to enhance their acting qualities greatly. When selecting actors for a movie production after presenting a composed play, a producer needs to try to find particular qualities.
After checking out a play, an audience develops certain expectations for the motion picture production and to be effective, a producer needs to follow through with those expectations. Regrettably, Hansberry didn’t quite follow through with the expectations in the motion picture production that she set in the composed play. Even though Walter and Beneatha’s acting didn’t rather meet the requirements of Mama and Ruth’s acting, a little review of their acting abilities could change their characters to boring to the most interesting and enthusiastic characters. 917