A Raisin in the Sun

Film Analysis

Naiyuben Patel

Amina Lee

Maggie Malloy

Briana Ramirez

English 3: Period 8


In the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, the unattainability of the American Dream is shown through various racial discrimination actions in which it is more difficult for African Americans to prosper.

Theme Analysis

The most common form of theme in the play A Raisin in the Sun is Man vs. Nature. Walter is constantly brought down by the money issues involving him and his family. He struggles to keep his family out of poverty but constantly faces short. Walter wants to invest in a liquor store business and mama and Ruth are stopping him from doing so (Hansberry 71). This quote shows that Walter is trying very hard to keep his family out of poverty. Another example is when Walter tries to talk to Ruth about how he wants their life to change and all Ruth tells him is eat your eggs. "This morning, I was lookin' in the mirror and thinking about it...Eat your eggs, Walter. DAMN MY EGGS--DAMN ALL THE EGG THAT EVER WAS!" (Hansberry 34). Walter thinks that Ruth really doesn't care about how they live.

Conflict (Man vs. Society)

Mama is telling Walter that he should be the head of the house and lead them out of poverty. Walter feels overwhelmed because everyone is putting pressure on him.

Characterization & Quest to the American Dream



In conclusion, in Lorraine Hasberry's play A Raisin in the Sun a racist society made the American Dream unattainable.

Works Cited

A Raisin in the Sun. Dir. Kenny Leon. Perf. Sean Combs, Sanaa Lathan, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad, David Oyelowo, Sean Patrick Thomas, and John Stamos. 2008. DVD.

Hansberry, Lorranie A Raisin in the Sun. New York : Vintage , 1994. Print.