Comparison Between Top Dog/Under Dog

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Analysis and Comparison of Topdog /Underdog with A Raisin in the Sun The play ‘Topdog/Underdog’ created by Susan-Lori Parks and the play ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ created by Lorraine Hansberry share various common issues such as racism, poverty, and work. The focus of this paper is a comparison between these two magnificent plays with an emphasis on four points. These points are credibility, intrigue, flow, and depth of characterization. The first part of the paper deals with brief summaries of both plays. The second part of the paper deals with the comparison. Topdog/Underdog talks about the adult lives of two African-American brothers, Lincoln and Booth who were abandoned by their parents. They have to deal with various issues ranging from work to racism. Booth, the younger brother, admires his brother and is even jealous of him. Lincoln used to be a hustler, but then he turned into a circus attraction where he sits dressed as Abraham Lincoln. Eventually, Booth tries to imitate Lincoln’s technique which creates tension between the two brothers. Finally, Booth ends up killing his brother. A Raisin in the Sun talks about the struggle of an African-American family that lives in the Washington Park subdivision of Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Problems start when Lena receives money from the death of her husband, and the family doesn’t know what to do with the money. Walter, Lena’s son, decides to open a liquor store with his friend, Willy. Beneatha, Lena’s daughter, wants the money in order to go to medical school. Lena decides to buy a house in a white neighborhood. Also, she gives the rest of money to Walter. Walter is supposed to give $ 3,500 to Beneatha. Unfortunately, Walter uses all the money to buy a liquor store and gives the money to Willy who suddenly disappears. This creates tension between family members and Lena decides not to move.

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