A Raisin in the Sun vs. Julius Caesar
Kyla Beecher Ms. Hilliard English 2 Honors 4 January 2013 Conventional vs. Modern Drama In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun themes, signs, and characters can be compared. Both A Raisin in the Sun and Julius Caesar were written for the stage; for that reason their characters become more obvious and better depicted than in a book, for example. Despite the fact that, these works were written without a doubt different authors and in different centuries their similarities and differences are evident. In both A Raisin in the Sun and Julius Caesar themes, symbols, and character development correspond.
Comparing character advancement in Julius Caesar and A Raisin in the Sun is helpful in finding out more about each and every character. Among the significant characters in A Raisin in the Sun is Mother; a character she can be compared to in Julius Caesar is Calpurnia. Despite Mother has a bigger role in Hansberry’s work and Calpurnia’s role in Shakespeare’s work is not as powerful as Mother, similarities are still apparent. One method they are comparable is in their authority over a single person or a few individuals in basic, their households to be more particular.
In A Raisin in the Sun, Mom has a strong opinion regarding her beliefs. She defends them and worries respect. Mama is likewise the head of the Younger home. She reminds everyone who is dealing with her the difference in between right and wrong. However, Mom appears to be a bit more concerned with what Walter is always doing. Walter is her eldest child. In the same way, Calpurnia worries what she thinks in. Similar to how Mama watches out for her boy Walter, Calpurnia attempts to warn her spouse, Julius Caesar, versus wicked and something dreadful that has a capacity of occurring.
Mother reveals her authority over Walter when she provides him the obligation of putting away a share of the money, “Listen to me, boy. I state I been incorrect, son. That I been doing to you what the remainder of the world been doing to you. (She turns of the radio) Walter–(She stops and he looks up gradually at her and she fulfills his eyes pleadingly) What you ain’t never ever understood is that I ain’t got nothing, do not own nothing ain’t never ever truly wanted absolutely nothing that wasn’t for you. There ain’t nothing as precious to me … There ain’t absolutely nothing worth hanging on o, cash, dreams, absolutely nothing else– if it implies– if it suggests it’s going to damage my boy. (She takes an envelope out of her purse and puts it in front of him and he watches her without speaking or moving) I paid the man thirty-five hundred down on the house. That leaves sixty-five hundred dollars. Monday morning I desire you to take this money and take three thousand and put it in a savings account for Beneatha’s medical education. The rest you put in a checking account– with your name on it. And from now on any penny that come out of it or go in it is for you to take care of. For you to choose. She drops her hands a little helplessly) It ain’t much, but it’s all I got in the world and I’m putting it in your hands. I’m telling you to be the head of this household from now on like you expected to be” (Hansberry 106-107). In a comparable method Calpurnia takes authority over Julius Caesar, “Alas my lord, your wisdom is consumed in confidence. Do not go forth to-day; call it my fear that keeps you in the house, and not your own. We’ll send Mark Antony to the senate-house; and he will state you are not well to-day; let me, upon my knee, prevail in this” (Shakespeare 2. 2). Both Calpurnia and Mother take authority over somebody.
Due to the truth that both jobs were not taken seriously both Walter and Caesar encounter turmoil later on in the literary work. In Walter’s case, he does not do as Mother states and loses his and Beneatha’s money as well as people’s rely on him (Hansberry 127-128). In Caesar’s case, him not staying home and going back to the senate versus his partner’s will, Caesar is greeted with his death (Shakespeare 3. 1). In both works of literature, meaning is typically used. A few of the signs used in A Raisin in the Sun are Mom’s plant, Beneatha’s hair, and the check Mom gets after her husband dies.
In Raisin in the Sun, Mom’s plant represents her dreams and the rest of her household’s dreams. A result of this would be Mama constantly ensuring to take extra care of her plant and to nourish it well. On the other hand, Mama’s check represents all of the effort that her other half achieved and how difficult he needed to work to in fact acquire that quantity of money. Beneatha’s hair symbolizes the assimilationist beliefs of the time and how individuals end up being inferior to the dominant race. When Beneatha returns her hair to its natural state it symbolizes that she is against typical assimilation beliefs.
The significance of her hair is evident in a discussion between her and Asagai, “‘(Coming to her at the mirror) I shall have to teach you how to drape it properly. (He flings the product about her for the moment and stands back to look at her) Ah– Oh-pay-gay-day, oh-gaha-mu-shay. (A Yoruba exclamation for appreciation) You wear it well … extremely well … mutilated hair and all.’ ‘(Turning unexpectedly) My hair– what’s incorrect with my hair?’ ‘(Shrugging) Were you born with it like that?’ ‘(Reaching up to touch it) No … naturally not. (She looks back to the mirror, disturbed)’ ‘(Smiling) How then? ‘You understand perfectly well how … as crinkly as yours … that’s how'” (Hansberry 61-62). The signs used in Julius Caesar are omens, discomfort, and the conspirators bathing in Caesar’s blood. In Julius Caesar, prophecies represent evil and alert people versus wicked and bad things that could happen, potentially fatal things. By the conspirators bathing or cleaning their hands in Caesar’s blood they are representing that they are taking obligation for ridding Rome of its ‘terrible’ leader. Portia, Brutus’s better half, utilizes the symbol of pain to demonstrate how much she loves Brutus, that she is devoted to him, and he can trust her.
Portia roughly kills herself by swallowing cinders due to the fact that Brutus refuses to share anything with her, “No guy bears grief better. That tidings came. With this she fell sidetrack and, her attendants missing, swallo ‘d fire (Shakespeare 4. 3 147, 155-156). By using importance Hansberry and Shakespeare made their readers and audience think with depth and understanding. In A Raisin in the Sun, several styles are covered throughout the play; the very same chooses Julius Caesar. Despite the fact that there are lots of themes in these works of literature there are two that stick out and can be compared.
The styles that are similar in between A Raisin in the Sun and Julius Caesar are pride and the role of males and females in society and your house. In A Raisin in the Sun pride is theme because the Younger household does not have much however they have their pride. Throughout the play their pride is tested however they never hesitate to speak their minds. When Mom purchases a home in a white neighborhood they are a bit reluctant in the beginning but are happy in the end. They reveal their pride worrying this circumstance when a representative from Clybourne Park comes and asks to offer your home back but in the end they don’t and kick Linder out of their house.
Pride is extremely evident in the conversation in between Walter, Linder, and Ruth, “‘(Placing on his glasses and drawing a form out of the brief-case) Our association is prepared, through the collective effort of our individuals, to purchase your home from you at a monetary gain to your family.’ ‘Lord have grace, ain’t this the living gall!’ ‘All right, you through?’ ‘Well, I wish to provide you the exact terms of the financial plan–‘ ‘We do not wish to hear no exact terms of no arrangements. I need to know if you got anymore to inform us ’bout getting together? ‘(Taking off his glasses) Well– I do not suppose that you feel …’ ‘Never mind how I feel– you got anymore to state ’bout how people ought to take a seat and speak with each other? … Leave my house, male. (He turns his back and strolls to the door) (Hansberry 118-119). Although pride is a comparable theme between Julius Caesar and A Raisin in the Sun, the pride in Julius Caesar is different than that in A Raisin in the sun. In Julius Caesar, Caesar’s pride is considered his most terrible defect. It is believed that Caesar’s pride and conceit was the factor for his deadly downfall.
When Cassius is attempting to convince Brutus to join in the killing of Caesar, he encourages Brutus by informing him Caesar’s faults, his pride being one major aspect, “I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus, Along with I do understand your outward favour. Well, honour is the topic of my story. I can not inform what you and other men? Consider this life; however, for my single self, I had as lief not be as live to be? In awe of such a thing as I myself. I was born free as Caesar; so were you:? We both have fed too, and we can both? Withstand the winter’s cold in addition to he:? For when, upon a raw and gusty day,
The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores, Caesar stated to me ‘Darest thou, Cassius, now? Leap in with me into this upset flood, And swim to yonder point?’ Upon the word, Accoutred as I was, I plunged in? And bade him follow; so undoubtedly he did. The gush holler ‘d, and we did buffet it? With lusty sinews, tossing it aside? And stemming it with hearts of debate;? However ere we could show up the point proposed, Caesar sobbed ‘Assist me, Cassius, or I sink! ‘? I, as Aeneas, our great ancestor, Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder? The old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber?
Did I the tired Caesar. And this guy? Is now end up being a god, and Cassius is? A wretched creature and should bend his body, If Caesar thoughtlessly but nod on him. He had a fever when he was in Spain, And when the fit was on him, I did mark? How he did shake:’t holds true, this god did shake;? His coward lips did from their colour fly, And that same eye whose bend doth awe the world? Did lose his lustre: I did hear him groan:? Ay, and that tongue of his that bade the Romans? Mark him and compose his speeches in their books, Alas, it wept ‘Offer me some beverage, Titinius,’? As an ill lady. Ye gods, it doth impress me?
A guy of such a feeble mood should? So get the start of the magnificent world? And bear the palm alone … Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world? Like a Colossus, and we petty males? Stroll under his big legs and peep about? To discover ourselves dishonourable tombs. Guy at some time are masters of their fates:? The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, However in ourselves, that we are assistants. Brutus and Caesar: what should be in that ‘Caesar’ Why should that name be sounded more than yours Write them together, yours is as reasonable a name;? Sound them, it doth become the mouth also;?
Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with ’em, Brutus will begin a spirit as soon as Caesar. Now, in the names of all the gods at once, Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, That he is grown so excellent? Age, thou art shamed! Rome, thou hast lost the breed of worthy bloods! When went there by an age, considering that the fantastic flood, But it was famed with more than with one man When might they state till now, that talk ‘d of Rome, That her large walls include ‘d but one guy Now is it Rome certainly and space enough, When there is in it however one just man. O, you and I have heard our daddies say,
There was a Brutus as soon as that would have brook ‘d? The everlasting devil to keep his state in Rome? As easily as a king (Shakespeare 1. 2). In A Raisin in the Sun the pride that the Younger family holds is what keeps them together and helps them through their troubles. While in Julius Caesar, his pride is what single handedly ruins him and causes his defeat. Throughout A Raisin in the Sun and Julius Caesar, importance, themes, and the development of specific characters can be compared. The use of certain poetic devices makes these works of literature much more relatable and interesting.
Another thing that this can do is make readers and audience acknowledge that even though works might be written years and centuries apart, literature does not actually change. Styles, character’s characters, signs, and stories can even more the significance of anything. Works Cited Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. New York: Vintage, 1994. Print. “Julius Caesar Style of Pride.” Shmoop. N. p., n. d. Web. 06 Jan. 2013. “A Raisin in the Sun Theme of Pride.” Shmoop. N. p., n. d. Web. 06 Jan. 2013. “Play ScriptJulius Caesar.” Full Text/ Script of the Play Julius Caesar Act I by William Shakespeare. N. p., n. d. Web. 06 Jan. 2013.