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.
Autobiography: Angela’s Ashes Author: Frank McCourt Summary: Frank McCourt was born August 19, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York to Angela and Malachy McCourt. He was the oldest of his six siblings of which three other than him survived childhood. His father spends the family’s income on alcohol in speakeasies and leaves Angela to use what is left on food. Malachy tells his children stories about Ireland’s folklore and sings patriotic songs. After the newborn daughter Margaret dies the family moves to Ireland.
Beneatha is his sister and Travis is his son. During the play Walter and his sister Beneatha do not see eye to eye with their thoughts on the way the rest of the insurance money should be spent, they are getting insurance money because there father died. During the play Mama makes a decision to put a down payment on a house in an all-white neighborhood which is unheard of during this time. But there is money left after she does this and the family discusses what should be done with it. Walter wants it so he could become owner of a Liquor store, whereas Beneatha wants to go to go school to become a doctor.
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Dubois are arguably two most influential figures on the movement to achieve civil rights for black Americans. They both played large roles in trying to improve racial relations and civil rights during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Although they were both focused on enhancing the quality of black life in the United States, the fact that Washington was from the south and Dubois was from the north caused their views to differ. The “Atlanta Exposition speech” by booker T. Washington addressed the topic of racial relations in the south. “Of Mr.Booker T. Washington and others” was written by W.E.B Dubois as a critique of Washington and his views on the improvement of black life.
Not only do these characters feel confined by their physical home space, they also feel restricted by the social roles they’ve been assigned. For example, socially-progressive Beneatha (Bennie) studies to become a doctor, despite the financial strain it puts on the low-income family. Walter works as a chauffeur for a white man, but he dreams of opening a liquor store with his buddies and making more money for his family. His wife Ruth draws no attention to her own desires, cleaning up after the rest of the family members as well as the houses where she works. Toward the beginning of the play, we learn that Ruth is pregnant, which only complicates the family situation.
However, their parents cannot afford t o help them financially and they have been discussing what they can both do about this. They have agreed that starting their own business will be a good way of making some money. Having discussed various options they have both agreed on the idea of starting a house-cleaning business in their local area. Claire is quiet and shy, but organised and very good at keeping records and accounts – she is studying Accountancy at A level. She has saved £1,000 to invest in her business venture.
Two significant visitors come to stay at the Claudia house: Mr. Henry, as a rent-paying boarder, and Pecola Breedlove, as a girl who has been temporarily taken into custody by the state. Mr. Henry is a middle-aged man whose former landlady can no longer accommodate him. He is going to rent a room at the Claudia house for five dollars every two weeks, a sum that will be a great aid to Claudia's parents. On his arrival, he delights the girls by comparing them to white Hollywood actresses. The children's immediate affection is obvious, but the description of Mr. Henry's arrival ends on an ominous note: "Even after what came later, there was no bitterness in our memory of him."
He believed black people during the post-reconstruction era should be recognize through their education, crafts, and industrial skills, while still living a traditional lifestyle of being segregated. On the other hand, we have another author, W.E.B Dubois; he was born just a couple of years after Mr. Washington. He is known for being a sociological investigator toward African Americans. Dubois believed that blacks should be equal to other races. In 1903, he published his famous book “ The Soul of Black Folk” in this book he mainly target Mr. Washington position.
All of these points will be assessed in conjunction with Malcolm-X and more importantly the short term significance of the American civil-rights movement. The traditionalist opinion of Malcolm-X would include his efforts of exploiting the failed promises by the American constitution – through his prestigious ‘Ballot or the Bullet’ speech as well as giving African-Americans an identity through his promotion of afrocentricity. However - the revisionist view of Malcolm-X can be seen as controversial due to his shifting motives towards civil-rights (His involvement and departure of NOI). His main motive was to give identity to African-Americans; however controversies included ‘revolutionary views’ against the white imperialists, shifting motives and finally ideologies of segregation. Finally; Malcolm-X’s role is significant in conjunction with advancing civil-rights, despite these controversies.