A Raisin in the Sun and Ethan Frome


The two books portray two different scenarios where people have conflicting opportunities to advance and to despair. In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, the author presents the characters who are not only visionary, but who take the possible available opportunities to act with an aim of achieving their personal goals in life (Morrin & Hansberry, 1994). This is in contrast to the characters presented in the novel; the Ethan Frome where the author depicts characters who are naïve and who lacks the confidence and the maturity of the mind to advance in their goal achievement. The characters in Ethan Frome are relatively dependant on the fate to make decisions and their decisions which they make do not compound to the final dreams they want to achieve (Wharton, 2008).


From the play for example, the main character whom the plot of the play revolves around- Walter, undertakes all the necessary measures to ensure that he adequately takes care of the family after the demise of his father. He takes the bold step of investing the portion of money in the liquor business. Though he is not very successful in his money ventures, he never leaves everything to fate. He devices another approach towards provision for the family and thus learns the importance of listening to others. He finally ensures that the family moves and lives in the family dream house by turning down Mr. Lindner snares to avoid the arrangement (Morrin & Hansberry, 1994).

This is in contrast to the major character in the novel Ethan Frome. Etham though is the head of the family is not able to make sound decisions which can see him reach his goals in life (Wharton, 2008). Etham lacks courage to face Mattie and to declare his affection for her. This show that he has low mental maturity levels necessary for the achievement of his dreams. At the same time, he cannot face his wife Zeena to express his ideas and instead is seen a person largely controlled by fate.

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