WORD LISTS

"A Raisin in the Sun," Vocabulary from Act I

February 9, 2013
Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" from 1959 is a play about struggling to get ahead while still remaining true to yourself.

Learn these word lists: Act I, Act II, and Act III.
defer
What happens to a dream deferred?
fester
Or fester like a sore...
muffle
She calls to the boy, between yawns, in a slightly muffled voice.
rousing
She crosses to her son and gives him a good, final, rousing shake.
stupor
(Her son sits up at last, in a stupor of sleepiness) I say hurry up, Travis!
disheveled
She wipes her face with a moist cloth and runs her fingers through her sleep- disheveled hair in a vain effort and ties an apron around her housecoat.
erratic
He is a lean, intense young man in his middle thirties, inclined to quick nervous movements and erratic speech habits and always in his voice there is a quality of indictment.
indictment
He is a lean, intense young man in his middle thirties, inclined to quick nervous movements and erratic speech habits and always in his voice there is a quality of indictment.
exasperated
(The boy gives her an exasperated look for her lack of understanding, and eats grudgingly)
vindicated
(The boy finally turns around and rolls his eyes at her, knowing the mood has changed and he is vindicated; he does not, however, move toward her yet) Not for nothing in this world!
defiance
Walter stands and stares back at her with defiance, and suddenly reaches into his pocket again on an afterthought)
chauffeur
(Shrugging) So you would rather be Mr. Arnold than be his chauffeur?
permeate
Her speech is a mixture of many things; it is different from the rest of the family's insofar as education has permeated her sense of English and perhaps the Midwest rather than the South has finally at last won out in her inflection; but not altogether, because over all of it is a soft slurring and transformed use of vowels which is the decided influence of the Southside.
inflection
Her speech is a mixture of many things; it is different from the rest of the family's insofar as education has permeated her sense of English and perhaps the Midwest rather than the South has finally at last won out in her inflection; but not altogether, because over all of it is a soft slurring and transformed use of vowels which is the decided influence of the Southside.
slur
Her speech is a mixture of many things; it is different from the rest of the family's insofar as education has permeated her sense of English and perhaps the Midwest rather than the South has finally at last won out in her inflection; but not altogether, because over all of it is a soft slurring and transformed use of vowels which is the decided influence of the Southside.
vengeance
She closes the door with a sleepy vengeance and crosses to the table and sits down a little defeated.
feeble
She crosses through the room, goes to the window, opens it, and brings in a feeble little plant growing doggedly in a small pot on the window sill.
doggedly
She crosses through the room, goes to the window, opens it, and brings in a feeble little plant growing doggedly in a small pot on the window sill.
ledger
In context, "ledger" refers to a person's "book of life" or "metaphorical record book where one's actions were kept."
But whether I go into business selling it to 'em is, and I don't want that on my ledger this late in life.
tentatively
(She waits several seconds, trying to make up her mind about something, and looks at RUTH a little tentatively before going on) Been thinking that we maybe could meet the notes on a little old two-story somewhere, with a yard where Travis could play in the summertime, if we use part of the insurance for a down payment and everybody kind of pitch in.
furtively
Ruth (Studying her mother-in-law furtively and concentrating on her ironing, anxious to encourage without seeming to): Well, Lord knows, we've put enough rent into this here rat trap to pay for four houses by now.
raucous
(Mama and Ruth look at each other and burst into raucous laughter) Don't worry I don't expect you to understand.
neurotic
Brother isn't really crazy yet he he's an elaborate neurotic.
dreary
(She looks out of the window as she replaces the plant) Lord, ain't nothing as dreary as the view from this window on a dreary day, is there?
insecticide
Beneatha, in dungarees, with a handkerchief tied around her face, is spraying insecticide into the cracks in the walls.
idle
Travis, the sole idle one, is leaning on his arms, looking out of the window.
bastion
In this case, the body is viewed as a shield.
Travis (Safely behind the bastion of Mama) That's right look out, now!
dejection
Ruth comes in forlornly and pulls off her coat with dejection.
quizzical
Beneatha (Turning to him, not laughing) Yes (Her face is quizzical, profoundly disturbed)
incredulity
Beneatha (With incredulity) You—you sent all the way home for me?
liberated
Asagai: It's how you can be sure that the world's most liberated women are not liberated at all.
evade
Beneatha: You're evading.
haphazardly
She sets the headdress on haphazardly and then notices her hair again and clutches at it and then replaces the headdress and frowns at herself.
exasperation
Ruth (turns to her, with kind exasperation): You've gone and got yourself upset.
frantically
Walter (sits down and grasps it close and counts off the zeros) Ten thousand dollars (He turns suddenly, frantically to his mother and draws some papers out of his breast pocket) Mama, look.

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Monday March 18th 2013, 12:10 PM
Comment by: Spauls (Powell, OH)
I like any list, the more broad my vocabulary is, the brighter my future is I suppose. When one stops and considers job interviews.

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