A Raisin In the Sun
Alexis, Jazmine, Envyi, Lizandro
In the " A Raisin In The Sun" , The overall theme is Man Vs Human Nature, we chose this theme because it represents the struggle Walter goes through with himself and with his family. It doesn't matter what he does or where he is he'll do what he can to get what he wants. Nobody would understand the struggle and dream everyone has, everyone is trying to make it. "Nobody in this house understands me" (Walter 38). As for Walter, he wishes he was more supported by his family and for them to see his big dream. "I am looking for my identity" (Benetha 62). And as for Benetha, she wants to find who is she and where she comes from. Everyone is trying to find themselves, and make there dream come true.
Mama is a woman that willingly shows people she loves and cares for them. She'll go to any length to make sure everyone has everything that they need in order to be happy. Mama will also speak her mind about all of her values whether it be religion or love. "There's always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing." Mama says this to Beneatha after she began to think that he was a rat instead of a man. Mama is trying to keep the family together no matter what and wishes for them to love each other as much as she loves them. This can be directed back to the thesis because Walter ends up doing the right thing which is what helped Mama reach her dream and make her family loving once more.
Walter Younger is the type of man that wants to give his family all that he can. He is a strong willed person and doesn't want to show a sign of weakness to anyone. "Just tell me where you want to go to school and you'll go. Just tell me, what it is you want to be--and you'll be it...Whatever you want to be--Yes Sir! You just name it, son...and I hand you the world" (131). Walter's dream is to be able to provide for his family and make them proud of who they are and what the have. This can be linked back to the thesis because Walter is attempting to complete an obstacle he faces in his life.
Beneatha Younger is a young woman that is trying to figure out who she is and where she comes from. She also wants to be very successful in any practice, hobby, or interest she has. "That was what one person could do for another, fix him up--sew up the problem, make him all right again. That was the most marvelous thing in the world... I wanted to do that" (3.1.14). She gives some background knowledge on why she wanted to be a doctor after she was devastated learning that her future was jeopardized, she was later reassured by her brother. This relates to the thesis because she knew the family no longer had the money to support her college dream but they were all willing to pitch in to make sure she has the successful life she dreams for.
In the beginning and end of the play Mama mentioned her plant very often. The plant represented her dream to have her own home someday and finally grow a garden. She waited several years to finally be able to achieve her dream sadly after losing her husband. She was very persistent and continued to nurture the plant after it began to wither, providing evidence that she never give up on whats important to her.
Throughout the play sunlight is presented to have a significant importance. The Youngers' small apartment have very little sunlight that shined into the place which didn't make them happy. When Mama explained to the family that she purchased a new house Ruth's first response was based on the sunlight. To the family the sunlight symbolized hope for a bright new future for everyone.
Each selected symbol can be connected back to the thesis for similar reasons. It proves that although the family started off kind of dis functional with one another, they were all able to reach a place of comfort in their lives.
Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin In The Sun. New York: Random House, 1959. Print.