A Raisin In The Sun

Alexis Z, Alexis N, Christina W, Tyree H Period 8

Thesis

In the story "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry, the attainability of the American dream is prevalent. Overcoming adversity from man vs. society conflicts, it was clear that family came first to help attain that dream.

Theme Analysis

The most occurring theme in this story would be 'family values'. The family had gone through intense obstacles, and staying together was most important.


One example would include the night that Walter came home drunk, fighting and putting Ruth down. Through all their words and arguments, it is prevalent that Ruth still cares for walter through the simple quote "you want some hot milk?" (Hansberry 87).


Another example of family values is when the family had lost all of Walter Sr.'s insurance money and they had felt broken and helpless. Walter called a someone to sell their new house to the community when their family morals and prideful past helped him realize what was more important. Walter decides that his family's happiness is more important than the money and tells the man "we have decided to move into our house because my father- my father- he earned it for us brick by brick" (Hansberry 148).

Conflict (Man vs. society)

The main type of conflict depicted in this story would be Man vs. society. The family has had multiple accounts of discrimination because of their race.

On one account, the family had just bought a new house in a predominantly white neighborhood and one man was sent over to their current residence as part of the 'welcoming committee'. The welcoming they got was the man telling them "Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities" (Hansberry 118).

Film techniques that were used to portray this conflict would include lighting. when someone came from 'the welcoming committee', the lighting changed, the mood switched and the conflict was evident through these techniques.

Similarities between the conflict in the book and the movie are that they contain the same conflict, but it was portrayed more in the film.

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Characterization & Quest For the American Dream

Walter Lee Younger

"Well-- what i mean is that we come from people

who had a lot of pride. I mean-- we are very proud

people." (Hansberry 148). The past generations

of Walters family have gone through much adversity, but have stayed prideful people through their ethics and morals. This in all relates back to how their family's pride has transferred to Walter. His dream was to attain a liquor store and profit by investing with his fathers insurance money, but through the battle he realizes what is truly important.

The lighting on Walter's face in this scene portrays him as hard working, and struggling. Walters character was portrayed similar in his actions, bu more aggressive in the novel.

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Mama (Lena) Younger

"It's-- it's a nice house too.. Three bedrooms-- nice big one for you and Ruth-- Me and Beneatha still have to share our room, but Travis have one of his own-- and i figure if the-- new baby--is a boy, we could get one of them double-decker outfits... and there's a yard with a little patch of dirt where I could maybe get to grow me a few flowers..And a nice big basement.." (Hansberry 92).

Mama's number one most important aspect was family. Her dream was to provide and one day, have her own garden. She decides to put money down on a house to do this for her family. This front camera profile of Mama shows her mood and the tempo of the scene through body gestures and facial expressions. Throughout the story, Mama has the same dreams in the film as in the novel, but she is portrayed more passive in the novel.

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Beneatha Younger

Beneatha is a strong black woman in the book. She has a lot of pride. She is different from everyone else because she sees more in her life. She wants to become more and experience different things.

Beneatha is a strong black woman in the book. She has a lot of pride. She is different from everyone else because she sees more in her life. She wants to become more and experience different things. She has goals to become a doctor. This has to do with the American dream because..

"... but first I am going to be a doctor, and George, for one, still thinks that's pretty funny. I couldn't be bothered with that. I am going to be a doctor and everybody around here better understand that!" (Hansberry, 50)

The lighting and front facing picture of Beneatha depicts her more hardworking and peaceful. Beneatha is a hardworking college student in both aspects, but her love for the Nigerian culture is more evident in the film.

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Symbolism

Conclusion

The attainability of the American dream is predominant, in the story "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry. The Younger family pursued their dream by having pride and over coming conflicts categorized as man vs. society. Their symbols of hope and their prideful past helped them stay together as a family, which was their ultimate act of pride.

Works Cited

Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun: A Drama in Three Acts. New York: Random House, 1959. Print.

Eckert, John M, Diddy, Paris Qualles, Kenny Leon, Mervyn Warren, Melissa Kent, Karen Bromley, Ivan Strasburg, Sanaa Lathan, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Justin Martin, Bill Nunn, David Oyelowo, Ron C. Jones, Sean P. Thomas, John Stamos, and Lorraine Hansberry. A Raisin in the Sun. Culver City, Calif: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2008.