FC: By Alba, Sarah, Allison and Jocelyn
1: Music played a great role in both A Raisin in the Sun and in The Piano Lesson. In both plays, music is an expression of culture and the history of their families. Music is used to remind them of where they came from and the lifelong struggle of getting where they are now. To them it represents their heritage and all that their families have done for them. Both stories involve a dispute between family members but when they realize their superficialities are so insignificant and what they should really care about is family.
2: When this family inherits a large some of insurance money, it causes a controversy between the family members. They want it for selfish reasons, such as paying for their college tuition or putting it towards starting a business. | A Raisin in the Sun At one point in the book, Beneatha and Walter break out into a song and dance. Beneatha is dressed in an authentic tribal robe, and they're dancing to the music of their African American ancestors as they chant "Ocomogosiay!” In this instance, the signifigance of song brought two very belligerent characters together, which was a pleasant change from their usual quarreling.
3: Lyrics From: The Piano Lesson O Lord Berta Berta O Lord gal oh-ah O Lord Berta Berta O Lord gal well Go ‘head marry don’t you wait on me oh-ah Go ‘head marry don’t you wait on me well Might not want you when I go free oh-ah Might not want you when I go free well O Lord Berta Berta O Lord gal oh-ah O Lord Berta Berta O Lord gal well Raise them up higher, let them drop on down oh-ah | Raise them up higher, let them drop on down well Don’t know the difference when the sun go down oh-ah Don’t know the difference when the sun go down well Berta in Meridian and living at ease oh-ah Berta in Meridian and living at ease well I’m on Old Parchman, got to work or leave oh-ah I’m on Old Parchman, got to work or leave well O Albert Berta O Lords gal oh-ah O Albert Berta O Lords gal well When you marry, don’t marry no farming man | oh-ah When you marry, don’t marry no farming man well Every day Monday, hoe handle in your hand oh-ah Every day Monday, hoe handle in your hand well When you marry, marry a railroad man oh-ah When you marry, marry a railroad man wellEvery day Sunday, dollar in your hand oh-ah Every day Sunday, dollar in your hand well O Albert Berta O Lords gal oh-ah O Albert Berta O Lords gal well
4: Music was very important in The Piano Lesson . The piano represented the struggle that their family faced. Once the piano was finally played by Berniece, they realized how important the piano was because it represents their heritage. When the men were in the kitchen, they sang a song the slaves used to sing while working. It was a song that also represented the struggle that African Americans faced. In 1936, when the story took place, the characters faced that same struggle.
5: Come on come on I see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myself is life worth living should I blast myself? I'm tired of bein' poor & even worse I'm black my stomach hurts so I'm lookin' for a purse to snatch.Cops give a damn about a negro pull the trigger kill a nigga he's a hero. Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares one less ugly mouth on the welfare First ship 'em dope & let 'em deal the brothers give 'em guns step back watch 'em kill each other It's time to fight back that's what Huey said 2 shots in the dark now Huey's dead I got love for my brother but we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other. We gotta start makin' changes learn to see me as a brother instead of 2 distant strangers and that's how it's supposed to be How can the Devil take a brother if he's close to me? I'd love to go back to when we played as kids,but things change, and that's the way it is... | I see no changes all I see is racist faces misplaced hate makes disgrace to races We under I wonder what it takes to make this one better place, let's erase the wasted Take the evil out the people they'll be acting right, 'cause both black and white is smokin' crack tonight, and only time we chill is when we kill each other, it takes skill to be real, time to heal each other, And although it seems to be heaven sent, We ain't ready, to see a black President, uhh,It ain't a secret don't conceal the fact, the penitentiary's packed, and it's filled with blacks, But some things will never change, try to show another way but you stayin' in the dope game, Now tell me what's a mother to do, bein' real don't appeal to the brother in you, You gotta operate the easy way,"I made a G today" But you made it in a sleazy way, sellin' crack to the kid. " I gotta get paid," Well hey, well that's the way it is
6: Tupac Amaru Shakur was born in Brooklyn New York, but later in his life moved to Oakland, California. He launched his solo career in 1992, and rose to stardom with his debut album; 2Pacalypse Now. Most of Tupac's songs deal with his own struggles with racism, run ins with the law and life in the ghetto. His music was inspirational, and touched home with many who were going through the same issues as Tupac, himself. In one of his most recognizable songs, Changes, Tupac talks about the struggles that African Americans endure in today's society, when it comes to image. He talks about the black stereotype and how in the midst of everything he sees no "changes". His lyrics tell how difficult it is to prove a stereotype wrong.
7: The End.