A Raisin in the Sun

Meekah Ben-Israel, Alex Dolak, Jaime Fuentes, Zach M. P.2

Thesis

In Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin in the Sun", the attainability of the American dream is shown through, family value, and the struggles of the Younger family as they go through a financially rough time period in their lives.

Theme Analysis

The play had a end of the dark tunnel is light type of feeling, because they went through bad situation after bad situation and did not give up until they got a better start. One way they showed this was when Mama said "He finally come into his manhood today didn't he? Kind of like a rainbow after the rain" ( Hansberry 151). Another way they show this is when Walter was discredited from not getting the money from his mom but in the end Mama Said as stated in the text " I want you to takes this money and take three thousand dollars and put it in a savings account for Beneatha's medical schooling. the rest you put in a checking account with your name on it. And from now on any penny that come out of it that go in it is for you to look after. For you to decide" ( Hansberry 107). With all of this in there lives and them not giving up through it all shows they are on the way to try and attain their dream

Man Vs. Man

Man vs. Man is when a character is fighting a battle of any type of situation with another character. One situation for the story was when "Walter was Arguing with Mama about not being able to use her money they way he wanted to so he can get his dream going and not be stuck in the same financial situation he is in but she thought it was not right and he needed to worry about other things like his family"( Hansberry 70)

Beneatha

Beneatha's dream is to become a doctor. "To go to Africa, Mama-be a doctor in Africa..." (Hansberry 150). This shows the attainability of her dream because she is going to school to become a doctor and loves to help people.
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Mama

Mama's dream has always been to have a house for her family to live in. She says, "But Lord, child, you should know all the dreams I had 'bout buying that house and fixing it up and making me a little garden in the back" (Hansberry 45). This shows how her version of the American Dream is attainable because in the play, she ends up putting a large down payment on a house in a nice neighborhood. Although there were many factors that could've stopped or altered the course to her dream, she pursued it long enough to achieve it.
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Walter

Walters dream is to open a liquor store. "you see little liquor store we got in mind cost seventy-five thousand and we figured the initial investment on the place to be 'bout thirty thousand see that be ten thousand each" (Hansberry 33). This shows how the dream is attainable because he was willing to go through anything to get a better life for him and his family financially.
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Insurance check, Sunlight, Mama's Plant

The insurance check symbolized a new start for the family and enough money from them to get the things going in their life so they can live their lives the way they want to and live out their dream.

The sunlight shows how things turn bright and hopeful for them and not gloomy and dull with not chance or hope but a chance to get out of a bad situation and have a better life.


Mama's plant symbolized the struggle of the family and how it keeps it keeps dying but even through the worst it kept holding on just like the family with everything they wanted to attain they kept holding on even if it seemed pointless

Conculsion

In Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin in the Sun", the attainability of the American dream is shown through, opportunities and the struggles of the Younger family as they go through a financially rough time period in their lives. So as the days go on and on they still know that if they have the drive the opposites and any other thing that come their way that they will be able to achieve what ever they are trying to get at.

Work cited

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


A Raisin in the Sun. Dir. Kenny Leon. Perf. Sean Combs, Sanaa Lathan, Phylicia Rashad. Indie Films, 2008. Film.