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by Lorraine Hansberry

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What are all the differences and comparisons that can be made between the movie adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun and the original play version?

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The 1961 movie version of A Raisin in the Sun is very close to Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, but the main difference is that the movie allows the story to leave the confines of the dimly lit, cramped Younger apartment. Walter, played by Sydney Poitier, is full of ambition but also resentment, as he feels his dreams are not taken seriously by his family. Ruth is “tired of it all,” just as she is in the play. The opening scenes with the Younger family waking up, eating breakfast, and fighting for their turn in the shared bathroom, as well as fighting each other, are very similar in the film and play. But after Walter storms off to work, the movie version allows the audience to see Walter at his job as a chauffeur. He is commanded to “bring the car around,” and the viewer can see where Walter works—we see the beautiful car and huge house of his white employer. When Walter drives his boss to the city, we see Walter’s frustration because he is not a part of this world of business,...

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