A Raisin in the Sun: Food and Affections Essay

Lorraine Hansberry’s best known play, A Raisin in the Sun, talks about poverty in the Southside of Chicago and revolves around African American family and their dreams of a better life. I believe that food is an adequate means of showing and receiving love. The first reason is the mother cares in the family by making sure the family eats. This relates to how the mother in general is feeding the baby in its early life to care for the person. My second reason that food is enough means of showing and receiving love is when the family is receiving and accepting the mother’s food.

This also relates to natural instinct, because while the mother is breast feeding the baby, the father understands and accepts of showing the baby’s love. The third reason, the way the person feeds a needy stranger with some food. Some of us outside or inside are doing this for humanity by showing love. In addition, I believe that food is an adequate means of showing and receiving love. The first reason is how the mother cares for the family by making sure the family eats. This is called a natural instinct; the mother feeds her baby in its early life.

An example from A Raisin in the Sun, when Ruth, a character who played as a wife; shows love to her husband by giving him delicious breakfast. To prove this statement, Ruth says to Walter “Eat your eggs, Walter” (34). This demonstrates how Ruth is taking care of Walter by feeding him with food to make him happy instead of him stressing out. Ruth tries to calm her husband Walter, when he’s not in a good mood and she tries to change the subject. Another example from the movie called Soul Food, director and writer is by George Tillman Jr. , illustrates how the family celebrates together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of Soul Food.

It’s basically the family tradition that’s passes down from generation to generation. Every Sunday Dinner, Matriarch Mama Joe, the grandmother cooks something that makes the family thankful. For example, during the holiday of Thanksgiving on a Sunday night, the grandmother cooked a very delicious chicken and Turkey for the holiday. She did all this to show how much she cares and loves the family by making sure the family eats and becomes fool for the meal. This proves how she is thankful for the family by making food for the family to make them fool and enjoy the meal that the grandmother did.

To continue, the last example from my own experience on how the mother cares in the family is by making food for the kids and mostly for the husband. My mother would always feed the kids and other relatives in the family than herself. Basically, she cares about others than herself, because that’s how much she loves us by feeding the family food. When I was a baby, my mom was breast feeding me and I was receiving it but didn’t know this was for love and caring. But my dad was there with us and understands this for my mom, so he takes the acceptations for love. This proves that food is an adequate means of showing and receiving.

Furthermore, my second reason that food is an adequate means of showing and receiving love because the family is receiving love and accepting mother’s food by understanding the person and love. An example from A Raisin in the Sun is when Ruth is worried that her son, Travis would be late for school and she tries to feed him breakfast to get ready for class. Ruth says to Travis “Sit down and have you breakfast Travis” (p. g. 28). This shows how Ruth cares about her son and is definitely accepting and receiving her love because he sees how his mother works so hard and gives back his love to her by doing the same to others.

Most people outside and inside the town says “If you help others, they’ll help you back. ” However, another idea from the work of literature, Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel talks about Tita’s life and understanding of the world revolves around the kitchen and preparing food. This tells the reader, the family is receiving love from the cake that Tita makes for the celebration of her sister’s marriage. Tita clasps the roses that Pedro, who is another character in the play gives her, tightly that she bleeds on them and then uses the petals to prepare a recipe.

This is Magical Realism, a literary element that proves this play to be realistic in love and food. The definition in the Webster Dictionary of magical realism is: the painting in a meticulously realistic style of imaginary or fantastic scenes or images. The family in the play is receiving the love and accepting the daughter of Tita’s Mom. This demonstrates also on how Tita prepares the recipe and that everyone is accepting her food by falling involve with another person by the cake that was made. The third example from my own experience on how to receive and accept the mother’s food is when my own other cooks food for the family and mostly for my dad. This demonstrates how my mother is a caring person and later she receives back her love by sharing the food and enjoying our meal together as a family. This proves the thesis on how the food is enough means of showing and receiving love. However, my last reason of showing and accepting the love of a regular mother’s food is when few people outside the streets or inside the town feed other stranger food. They are doing this for humanity to show love. So an example from A Raisin in the Sun by Lorrain Hansberry, Mama gives Asagai, a stranger; food to serve him something to drink or eat.

To explain this in detail, Mama says to Asagai “I bet you don’t half look after yourself being away from your Mama either. I spec you better come round here from time and time to get yourself some decent home cooked meals….. ”(pg 65). This proves how the mother in the play, is serving food for the boy she doesn’t know. Second example from a work of literature is Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton sacrifices what they wanted but got something else. One reason is he spent his time in a depression town to care for his mother and his father by sending them food to eat and now his wife.

He had to take care of the wife by serving her food to get to know what was wrong with her because she didn’t eat anything. She accepts his love and showing care for her. He stayed in Star field to help his sick parents instead of following his dreams of moving to another town to study and work as an engineer. The family was in poverty. Ethan was the only one who gave food to some people in the town. This means Ethan was a brave man and never gave up. This also shows how Ethan Frome was showing strangers love and caring for each other even though he looked old to me.

The third example from my own experience was when I gave money to a stranger in the train to buy himself something to eat or drink. I felt bad for the person because he was on a wheelchair, so I gave him a $5 dollar bill. This proves I how I’m sharing my food and money with others and they are accepting it. There is consumption on food because everyone buys food and use the money to buy it. This proves the thesis to be true because food is enough means of showing and receiving love. In conclusion, I believe that food is an adequate means of showing and receiving love because first reason is our natural instinct.

Mother breast feed us and we accept her love and receive it back by showing her the same love she gave us. The second reason is how the father returns his love to my mother by understanding how she was breast feeding me and giving her food to eat rather than the mother doing everything. Lastly, sometimes people give strangers money to buy themselves food to eat. I recommend anyone who likes to know more about showing and receiving love by feeding the person food or anything, read my essay or a play from A Raisin in the Sun or Like Water for Chocolate.