A Raisin in the Sun Rhetorical Device Essay

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Essay: Instead of throwing the nation into an economic bear trap the same way that WWI did, WWII actually enabled the economy to sky rocket. This in turn gave way to higher industrial productions, better conditions for family money wise, and supposed equality for all men. But even though there was this theoretical equality, racial injustice continued to sprout all over the nation. This left black men struggling to achieve their own "American Dream". With the despair of millions of unjustified people, authors like Charlotte Watson Sherman made their stories those that would expose the importance of dreams in a world where people of color were told that no such thing was useful. In Loraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun", Walter Lee Younger represents all of the misunderstood black men reaching for their green light and fighting the prejudice shone upon them by the rest of society, including their own people. Hansberry does a perfect job using Walter as an illustration of the power of a dream, and that without a dream life would be nothing but a barren wasteland. After WWII, veterans of all races stood tall, proud of their involvement in the victory of the US. But reality quickly kicked them in the face, shattering their expectations when only white men were welcomed home with admiration. The injustice that had tainted a black man's life for centuries remained rooted in society, collapsing any belief that the war had brought around equality for all. African Americans whom had filled the labor demands in the absence of white men were removed from their positions the moment the war had come to an end, bringing home all those who society did recognize as important people in the war. They were forced to return to menial jobs. And although the jobs were honest, this was just another way to probe the African race, reminding them of their supposed lower status.

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