Poem/Short Story Analysis

Connecting to A Raisin in the Sun

Grief by Elizabeth Barrett Browning


I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless;
That only men incredulous of despair,
Half-taught in anguish, through the midnight air
Beat upward to God's throne in loud access
Of shrieking and reproach. Full desertness,
In souls as countries, lieth silent-bare
Under the blanching, vertical eye-glare
Of the absolute Heavens. Deep-hearted man, express
Grief for thy Dead in silence like to death--
Most like a monumental statue set
In everlasting watch and moveless woe
Till itself crumble to the dust beneath.
Touch it; the marble eyelids are not wet:
If it could weep, it could arise and go.

Thematic link and Literary criticism

The thematic link of the poem "Grief" written by Elizabeth Browning and A Raisin in the Sun, is the importance of value and purpose of dreams.

Hopeless grief is passionless; relating to the grief of Walter and his family and how it's pointless to express without doing anything to fix it.

Beat upward to God's throne in loud access Beneatha gave up on her faith and her belief in God, afterwards mama got angry and said God is the only thing their family needs during their grief.

Full desertness explaining their feeling of being deserted and unwanted (racial discrimination)

Of the absolute Heavens symbolizing the money and the life they dreamed of living.

In everlasting watch and moveless woe relating to the family's everlasting need of money and watch for happiness

Touch it; the marble eyelids are not wet:
If it could weep, it could arise and go. symbolizing the family's grief and desperate need of money, but staying strong and never giving up on the dream.

The Magic Pot


Once upon a time a farmer, Gopi, lived in a village. He had few acres of land. One hot afternoon, the poor farmer was digging his field. All of a sudden, his spade hit something. Then he continued his digging. “It is a big metal pot,” said Gopi. “It does not seem to be of any use to me. I will dig deeper. May be I will find something else,” thought Gopi. He continued to dig. After he had dug for a long time, Gopi felt tired. “It is of no use. There is nothing in this field” he thought. Then at once, he threw the spade into the pot in frustration and sat under a tree to take rest for a while. After a while, when he got up to leave, he could not believe his eyes. There were one hundred spades in the pot. “This is a magical pot. I will put this mango inside the pot and see what happens,” Gopi thought. To his astonishment, he found one hundred mangoes in the pot. Gopi carried the pot to his home and kept in a secret place so that no one would become aware of it. (relating to Mama in A raisin in the sun, becuase she was careful about the money given to their family) After that, he put many things in that and everything became hundred folds. With that pot, he became a rich man. (Mama and the family became rich with the money from her husbands death, $10,000) The King came to know of the pot and its whereabouts. The King was curious to know about it and he was a greedy King. “I want to find out the secret of the magical pot. If it is valuable, it should be in the King treasury,” the King thought. (Symbolizing Walter and his greediness of the money for the family. He put it all towards the investment in the business) Then at once, the King ordered his men to bring the farmer and his pot.When the magic pot was brought to the King’s chamber, he did not know what to do. The King thought, “Let me see what is there inside this pot which makes this pot so magical?” He peered inside. Inadvertently, he slipped and fell inside the pot. When he climbed out of the magic pot, he was shocked to find that there were one hundred Kings.
All the kings then started to climb the throne. They fought among themselves and died. The magic pot lay in the King’s treasury. “The foolish King took away the magic pot from me out of curiosity (Walter took all of the money from Mama and wasted it out of curiosity and greediness) and eventually he died. This magic pot has killed the King himself,” said the farmer and he to be safe left the magic pot at the treasury of the King itself.