A Raisin in the Sun

By Rene Patino, Shorty,Shawn Westbrooks, Destiny Crump per 2


Dreams are shown attainable in the play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry. The family has their goals in life, but a more specified idea of their dream. Walter, Mama and Beneatha are character examples of having an attainable dream. Walter’s dream was to give his family a better life than what they had before the house. Mama’s dream was to have a garden and see her kids’ dreams come true. Beneatha wanted to be a Nigerian doctor and find her identity.

Theme Analysis

The overall theme of the play is “Honesty is the best policy”. Walter had lost the rest of the money for the insurance check. To Mama the money had represented Walter’s father, so even though Walter was honest with her about losing it, she was disappointed to hear what had happened. Because he was honest with her, she gave him another chance to make his dream come true with deciding on whether to keep the house or take the money. Mama told Walter that he was no man of his father once he told him about the abortion. Even though he drank a lot and didn’t go to work, he turns out to be more like his father after that experience. After Beneatha’s date with George, she came home where Mama had saw her. Mama asked how the date had went and Beneatha told her how she didn’t like George. Mama understood Beneatha’s feelings and this made their relationship better.


Man vs Man is a type of conflict because Walter was trusting Willy with his money that they were going to go into business with. But Willy just went with Walter’s money and Beneatha’s for her schooling.” That’s what I’m trying to tell you…I don’t know…I waited six hours…I called his house…and I waited…six hours…I waited in that train station six hours… That was all the extra money I had in the world… Man, Willy is gone (Hansberry 128). Close up when Walter and Bobo are outside and Bobo tells Walter that Willy has ran off with all their money and won’t be coming back.


Walter: Walter’s dream was to become rich off of a risky idea. After failure of attaining his dream the first time, he finally realizes that life isn’t all about money. When Mr.Lindner comes to their apartment to make a deal on the house, Walter refuses it and tells him that they will move into the new house. “And we have decided to move into our house because my father-my father-he earned it for us brick by brick” (Hansberry 148).

Beneatha: Beneatha’s dream originally was to be a doctor so she could help people after an incident she experienced as a child. After talking to Asagai she still wants to be a doctor, but in Africa. Part of her dream is to find her true identity. “To go to Africa, Mama-be a doctor in Africa. . .” (Hansberry 149).

Mama: Mama is very caring and wants the best for her children, even though she can’t provide most of the things that she wants for them. Mama’s dream is for her kids to prosper and conquer their own dreams, and she does her best to help them do it. “He finally came into his manhood today, didn’t he? Kind of like a rainbow after the rain. . .” (Hansberry 151).


Overall “The Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry shows that honesty is the best policy. And after all the lying and deceit from Walter not putting his sister money in the bank and using it for his own selfish needs and ended up getting his sister and his money stolen from him. So the family realize that it is better to just be honest with each other and that honesty is the best policy.