The Sun Is Also a Star

by Nicola Yoon

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What’s one good speech Natasha gives?

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One important speech Natasha gives is a short, strong, and emotional one toward the end of The Sun is Also a Star. Her father, Samuel Kingsley, has been emotionally detached from his family for years—he has even blamed his wife and Natasha for his lack of success as an actor in the United States. Though he is, in Natasha's estimation, an amazing actor, he does not pursue the job for many years while working as a security guard. The night she sees him in A Raisin in the Sun (the same play that previously earned him rave reviews in Jamaica), he drives drunk and gets a DUI. Worse, he reveals information to the officer about his family's immigration status, and this leads to their eventual deportation. When Natasha confronts him about this in their home the night they are deported, she demands he change his attitude and treatment toward his family and makes clear that his behavior has been unacceptable. She does encourage him as an actor, but she demands that she and her mother are respected.

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