A Raisin in the Sun

Jazmin, Lance, Michael, Desia Period Two

Thesis Statement

In Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun, the u-attainability of the American dream is shown through Walter Lee Younger as he tries to make his dream of owning a liquor store successful, but due to other events his dream doesn't come true. Walter becomes stuck with the importance of family .

Theme Analysis

We believe that the overall theme of the play is the importance of family. We believe this because throughout the story the family sticks together and works out their problems and makes everything works and still love each other no matter what. When Mama get the money she tries to remind Walter that not everything is about the money,


Man vs Self

Man vs Self connects with the theme we chose because this conflict deals with characters choosing the right choice between what they want and what they should do.

"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's all we got to say about that. We don't want the money," (pg.149).

This quote shows even though Walter wanted to take the money from Mr. Linder he did what was right for his family, by not taking the offer and setting a good example for his son.

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Characterization & Quest for the American Dream


"Just tell me where you want to go to school and you'll go. Just tell me, what it you want to be-and you'll be it... Whatever you want to be-Yessir,"(pg.109).

Walter wants to be able to provided everything his family. This shows how much he worries and cares for his, through the way he wants to provide for them.

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Mr. Linder

"Well-if you are that final about it.... there is nothing left for me to say. I sure hope you people know what you're getting into,"(pg.149)

Mr. Linder is trying to make sure that the Younger Family doesn't get hurt. He does know the family to well he wants to do the well. So even though he knows he still shows importance worry towards the family.

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"When they world gets ugly enough-a woman will do anything for her family. The part that's already living,"(pg. 75)

Mama is trying to show the importance of what a family member really does in the time of need. She tries to show Walter life isn't about money, but how you treat you family when they most need it.

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Mama's Plant

Mama's plant is a symbol of what the Youngers family has been through. In the beginning the flower is wilted and dying because the family isn't getting along and their going though several problems. At the end of the movie the flower is completely healthy and the family has become reunited..
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The insurance check

In the the beginning of the book everyone is excited for this check but then the money gets between everyone and hurts the family. It does bring good though Walter changes and he becomes more loving with Ruth.
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The sunlight in the beginning of the movie is very dismal and sad. At the end everything is bright and full of life. This shows that as the movie goes on the family gets better and they bond make with one another.
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To conclude we believe that the American dream is unattainable in the A Raisin in the Sun. We also believe it is unattainable because of it's theme, importance of family. The Youngers look out for each through everything that happened in the book.

Works Cited

Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. New York: A Division of Random House,
Inc, 1959. Print.

A Raisin in the Sun. Dir. Kenny Leon. Columbia Pictures Corporation 2008. DVD