A Raisin in the Sun

Jasmine Candelas and Jocelyn Ramirez period 6


In Lorraine Hansberry's play a raisin in the Sun, the american dream is shown to be attainable due to all the conflicts the family faced through out the play and overcoming their conflicts while still maintaining their family values.


The common theme in the play, A Raisin in the Sun is the theme IMPORTANCE of FAMILY. The Younger family is constantly faced with decisions that can possibly tear them apart, but through it all they know what the best for their own family. " Son- I come from five generations of people who was slaves and sharecroppers but aint nobody in my family never let nobody pay em' no money that was a way of telling us we wasn't fit enough to walk on the earth. We aint never been that poor. We aint never been that- dead inside. ( Hansberry 143) Mama is trying to convince Walter that accepting the money that Mr. Linder is offering would be wrong because the family deserves to live in a nice house. Family values come into play within the next scene of the play by Walter standing up for his family. " ...And we have decided to move into our house because my father- my father- he earned it for us brick by brick. We don't want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no causes, and we will try to be good neighbors. And that all we got to say about that. We don't want your money. ( Hansberry 148)This quote demonstrates how the importance of your family can change your mind in an instant. Walter was going to accept Mr. Lindor's offer but declined because his family's pride didn't allow him to. The family worked hard to achieve the american dream and he was not going to throw it all away by accepting the money.


In the play, Ruth finds out she is pregnant. Her initial thought was to get an abortion. " Son- do you know your wife is expecting another baby? Thats what she wanted to talk to you about... I think Ruth is thinking bout getting rid of that child." " ... You don't know Ruth, Mama you think she would do that?..." "...Yes I would too, Walter. I gave her a five dollar down payment." ( Hansberry 75) ( Mama, Walter, Ruth) In the movie, they show Ruth getting ready to get the abortion but then realizes due to her family values she would not be able to do that to her and her family. The movie goes into depth by her walking into the back room of the salon into the dark environment thinking about her future while the play doesn't touch on it again through out the whole story line.




In conclusion, the american dream is attainable within the theme of family values. By accomplishing to eliminate conflicts within one another, the main characters realized that family was more important that anything else.


  • Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. New York: First Vintage Books, 1994. Print.


I believe Chicago today is not as different as Chicago during the time in the play. No matter what you are going to hear about discrimination, and people not being treated equal. an article from the Chicago Tribune from June states that firefighters aimed the hose at him just because he was an Arab- american. Also all the protesting due to all the black hate crime. Because people are doing something about it I do believe the american dream is still attainable. By protesting it is getting people attention, and maybe one day soon they will change all the discrimination issues that are still going on today. Some neighborhood towns in Chicago are still separated by races, for example there are blocks full of all African american, Greek, Italian, Mexican, white, no one is dispersed unless you move out into the suburbs you see different races mixed into one community. In today day people would think that discrimination wouldn't exist but sadly, I don't believe it will ever go away.