Manhood which is defined by Miriam Webster as being “the condition of being an adult male as distinguished from a child or female” Walter

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A Raisin in the Sun Essay Test

Read the following quotations about manhood which is defined by Miriam Webster as being “the condition of being an adult male as distinguished from a child or female”

Walter: “Here I am a giant - surrounded by ants! Ants who can’t even understand what the giant is talking about.”
Walter: “The things I want to talk about with my friends just couldn’t be important in you mind, could they?”
Mama: “He finally come into his manhood...kind of like a rainbow after the rain."
Mama: "I'm waiting to see you stand up and look like your daddy and say we done give up one baby to poverty and that us ain't going to give up nary another one."

Read the following quotations about pride which is defined by Miriam Webster as beinga reasonable or justifiable self-respect.”

Walter: [W]e have decided to move into our house because my father—my father—he earned it for us brick by brick. We don’t want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no causes, and we will try to be good neighbors. And that’s all we got to say about that. We don’t want your money.
Mama: “Ain’t nobody in my family never let nobody pay ‘em no money that was a way of telling us we wasn’t fit to walk the earth. We ain’t never been that poor.”
Walter: And my father – ... My father almost beat a man to death once because this man called him a bad name or something, you know what I mean?

Read the following quotations about dreams which are described as “a strongly desired goal or purpose”

Mama: “Seems like God don't see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams -- but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worthwhile.”
Walter: "So you butchered up a dream of mine--you--who always talking about your children's dreams..."
Walter: “No—it was always money, Mama. We just didn’t know about it.

Mama: No . . . something has changed. You something new, boy. In my time we was worried about not being lynched . . . You ain’t satisfied or proud of nothing we done. I mean that you had a home; that we kept you out of trouble till you was grown; that you don’t have to ride to work on the back of nobody’s streetcar—You my children—but how different we done become.”
Walter: "Man say to his woman: I got me a dream. His woman say: Eat your eggs...Man say: I got to change my life, I'm choking to death, baby. And his woman say---Your eggs is getting cold."
Asagai: Then isn’t there something wrong in a house—in a world—where all dreams, good or bad, must depend on the death of a man?

Use the following guidelines to write your essay:

  • Choose one of the topics (dreams, pride or manhood) to formulate your essay around.

  • Complete graphic organizers to plain your essay

  • Your essay must have a clear thesis that appears at the end of your introduction.

  • Your essay must have at least five paragraphs consisting of 5-10 sentences each.

  • Each paragraph must have a topic sentence which lets the reader know what the paragraph will be about. You may use the books and study guides to help you formulate your essays.

  • You must use at least three quotations from the play and clearly and coherently explain how they connect to/ support your definition.

  • Once you have completed your essay, reread it, editing for grammar and spelling mistakes.

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Term (what word are you writing about)

Class (what is the word you are writing about)

Traits or Characteristics (what the word does) ** need at least 3**

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