A Raisin in the Sun

Darvell Flagg & Lakitha Glover

Thesis Statement :

In "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry attainability to the American dream is presented as Walter Lee had to experience things the hard way before he could understand what the big picture was.

Theme Analysis

The main theme in A Raisin in the Sun was how Walter Lee made poor choices to get the American dream. For instance, in the play Bobo said "I`m talking about the fact that when I got to the train station yesterday morning - eight o'clock like we planned ... man - Willy didn’t never show up" ( Hansberry127). Walter gave the money to Bobo and Willy ran off with it. In the play mama also say's "He finally came into his manhood today, didn’t he?" (Hansberry 151). In that scene Walter said no to selling the house. Walter had to go through the bad to realize and man up. The overall theme was that some people get so blindsided by the American dream and what they want, it make people not see the truth.


This is man vs. self conflict because Walter is trying to persuade his wife to convince his mother to give him the money for the liquor business with Willy and Bobo. Walter say`s "don't nothing happen in this world unless somebody getting paid"(Hansberry 98). Walter is so obsessed with achieving the American dream that he is blind sided by what's really going on. The music in the back ground is to show how serious the question he asked her is to him and how anxious he is for the answer.

A Raisin In The Sun - This Is Business


overcoming adersity :

Overcoming adversity, is not easy but Beneatha over comes a situation meantally. In the play "A Raisin in the Sun" she say`s "The insurance money.My brother gave it away"(Hansberry 151). In that scene Beneatha was talking to Asagai because Walter gave away the money she was going to use to pay for school. Beneatha for gave her brother, that to me means she over came the situtation mentally.

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The importance of family :

The importance of family is very important. Some family go through things and not get through it. In the play Walter say`s "And we decided to move into our house because my father- my father- he earned it for us brick by brick."(Hansberry 148). The younger family was going through money problems and Walter family spoke up for what was right. Family should be the only people who don't turn on you and have your back, but sometimes family goes through situations that can make them see things different.
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Love conquers all :

Love conquers all and the younger family showed that. In the play the narrator say`s "at last alone in the living room her plant on the table before her as the lights start to come down"(Hansberry 132). They was going through tough times and at the end they got through it. Family have to go through things to get to the good.

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In the play "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry Ruth was the wife of Walter Lee. Walter mother and Ruth are close, Walter and Ruth have one child named travis and going to have one more on the way. Ruth don't really have a dream, she just want a better life for her child and family and feel like the new house is going to help with that. In the play Ruth say`s "Yess, thank god"(Hansberry 124). Ruth was happy that Walter mother went and got a new house, so that's her dream.
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Beneatha in the play is very outspoken and proud. Ruth wants to be a doctor and is going to school. She has a teacher named Asagia who likes her, he is from Nigeria. In the play she say`s "What do you want from me , brother- that I quite school or drop dead, which!"(Hansberry 37). Beneatha is the type who doesn't take any thing from any one, more of a fire cracker.
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Walter is a stubborn one but when he believe in something he believes in it. Sometimes that's a good thing and sometimes that's a bad thing and he learned that. In the play he say`s "I mean we figured it out, me, willy and Bobo"(Hansberry 33). Walter is trying to get the money his dad left for his mother for he can start a liquor business. He`s dream is to make money for him and his family can be good, he feel like the liquor business will be that opportunity for him to do so.


Attainability of the American dream in "A Raisin in the Sun" is presented in multiple way`s and from every person who was in the play. The family as a whole had to see things for what it was and at the end they all came together.