Raisin In The Sun

Trevor Moreno, Mark Capers

Thesis statement

The play, A Raisin in the Sun, shows the attainability of the American Dream by showing a family eventually coming together to achieve their dream of having a better home and a better life overall.

Theme analysis

The overall theme of A Raisin in the Sun is Family Value. Walter, Ruth, Beneatha, and Mama all want to make life better for the children and each other in one way or another. Walter says to his son, “In fact, here’s another fifty cents…Buy yourself some fruit today – or take a taxicab to school or something!” He does this because he doesn’t want his son to have to worry about their lack of money, but just be happy instead. Mama also says, “Lord have mercy, look at that poor bed. Bless his heart – he tries, don’t he?” She talks about how poorly Travis, her grandson, made his bed, but she decides to do it for him. Ruth, Travis’ mother, thinks she is spoiling him, but Mama does it purely out of love because she believes that he should not have to worry about house work at such a young age.

Conflict

In A Raisin in the Sun, a major situation of conflict is man vs. man. Walter wants to use Mama’s insurance money to invest in a business and give the family a good, steady income of money. However, Mama wants to use the money to buy a better home for the family as soon as possible. They both want to try to give their family a better life, but they cannot come to an agreement which leads to many problems. Walter says to Ruth, “No! ‘Cause ain’t nobody with me! Not even my own mother!” He feels this way because Mama will not let him make the investment he wants to and he wishes they would all see what he is trying to do for them.

Characterization and Quest for the American Dream



Beneatha: I Fell she connects to our thesis statement because she always wanted to be a doctor that was her American dream, and she told mama that too and that motivated mama more to get a house and move into better things




Walter: He connects to the thesis because he had an American dream too and wanted to open a bar and start business and make money. He wanted to sell the house and to make money but he notice that that was making mama sad and she felt that he wasn’t being a man so when the man came to give them an offer he told him about his history and decline the offer and decided to move in to a bigger house and that put a big smile on mama face.



Mama: She connect to the thesis because she wanted to buy a house for her family so everyone in her family can have a better home and a better life they could have a place that they call their own and at the end ever one was happy what she did.

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Symbolism



Mama’s Plant: this symbolizes her family. Part of it is close to death, but yet its roots are still living. Similar to their family because they are struggling just like the plant, but are still alive. And this is mainly due to family values and how they really do love each other.



The Light: The light coming through the window at the ending of the movie this symbolize the happiness at the end of the story everyone is finally at peace with each other.



The Cockroaches: They symbolize that the family got a better house. They no longer have to see cockroaches because they live in a better home now.

Conclusion

The play, A Raisin in the Sun, shows the attainability of the American Dream by showing a family eventually coming together to achieve their dream of having a better home and a better life overall.

Works cited

Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. New York: Random House, 1959.


Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. New York: Random House, 2008.