A Raisin in the Sun

Film Analysis

Christian Moreno

Luis Capilla

Jonathan Angeles

English 3 - Period 2

Thesis

In Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun, the Youngers weren't able to achieve the American Dream because of money. worrying about Walter's investment, Benetha as school and who the check went to, instead of worrying about what really mattered, family. but with hope and each other they were able to achieve the American Dream with support of the family.

Theme Analysis

"Do you know what this money can do for us?"( Hansberry 73). Money is important for the family because they work hard to get a little money and struggle to pay bills. So, they have a check coming from Walter's dad and they want to use it to make a better life. Taking a risk to make a business Walter puts all the money they had to get no business in return.

Conflict (Man vs Self)

Walter faces Man vs self because the money made him realize how much better his life could be with the money and when he lost the money he basically went crazy because all the dreams he had were impossible to reach without the money.

Characterism & Quest for the American Dream

Walter, the man of the family, acted more like a child. He was more concerned about the check and investing it in his business hoping to have a betterlife like he had dreamed but Walter was so anxious for the money, he lost focus of what really mattered, his family and their dreams. Ruth, needing the support from her husband to decide whether she should have the abortion or not. as for Mama, she dreamed of being with family and needing one another but saw that money has destroyed her family, blaming each other for ruining their lives and dreams.

Symbolism

Each of these items, the insurance check, mama's plant & Younger's Apartment, each play a part in getting in the way of Younger's family achieving the American Dream. The money from the insurance check is the money he needs to make the deal with Bobo and Willy. Mama's plant represents her dream of having her own garden. And the Younger's apartment how their apartment is.

Conclusion

In Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun, the Youngers weren't able to achieve the American Dream because of money. worrying about Walter's investment, Benetha as school and who the check went to, instead of worrying about what really mattered, family. but with hope and each other they were able to achieve the American Dream with support of the family.

Works Cited

Hansberry, Larraine. A Raisin in the Sun. New York: Knopf Doubleday Group, 1951.
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