A woman who has adjusted to many things in life
and overcome many more,
her face is full of strength.
She has, we can see, wit and faith of a kind that keep her eyes lit,
and full of interest and expectancy.
She is, in a word, a beautiful woman.
Her bearing is perhaps most like the noble bearing,
of the women of the Hereros of Southwest Africa –
rather as if she imagines that
as she walks she still bears a basket
or a vessel upon her head.-ACT 1, scene 1.
Lorraine Hansberry describes Mama in this manner to show the struggle she faced and how she can still walk with her head held high. The American Dream. Mama puts forth a resounding effort to keep her life and the life of her loved ones on track. An admirable trait and an admirable woman to say the least. Don’t you agree?