A Raisin in the Sun

Film Analysis

English 3 - Analysis: A Raisin in the Sun by Loraine Hassberry

Charles Collins

Cody Norman

Sean

Marvin

English 3- Period 4

Thesis

In Lorraine Hansberry’s Play A raisin in the sun Attainability of the American dream is prevalent as the family moves into their new home, and though they struggle, the bond of family is what helps bring them full circle to the dream.

Theme Analysis

The Most Common theme of the play is the theme Importance of family and Man struggles against Human Nature. No matter how many times Walter and his family fight they are always willing to step out for one another, especially mama. Mama has sacrificed a lot for her family, from money being given to her to just giving great advice to her son Walter to make him step up as a man and think about his life and thoughts, in which she tells him “Your wife say she going to destroy your child. And I’m waiting to hear you talk like him and say we a people who give children life, not who destroys them –(she rises) I’m waiting to see you stand up and look like your daddy and say we don’t give up on one baby to poverty and that we ain’t going to give up nary another one...I’m waiting” (Hansberry 238). Mama tells her son to step it up and realize that he will not give up on his wife or soon to come child, that getting rid of the baby him and Ruth are living for just to lighten family issues. Walter faces difficulties in which he has been put in Man struggles against Human Nature. Of course bad decisions are mad but Walter has seriously lost trust in which he can’t trust others or other can’t trust him. Walter makes bad decision, he lies about going to work, he takes the money that was given from Mama and is supposed to be used to put into the account of Beneatha for medical school. But he trusts the wrong person in which he gives the money to Willie Harris, an old friend who he hopes to travel to Springfield with but trust and choices take a change for the worst when Willie Takes off with the money leaving Walter in a horrible situation

Conflict

Man vs Self


Walter Talks of his families struggles in which he wants to use Mama's Insurance check to help his family and get them from living in a apartment, sharing a bathroom with other families. When His wife Ruth tells him to eat his eggs, he reacts in a direspectful manner.

A Raisin In The Sun - This Is Business

Characterization & Quest for the American Dream

Symbolism

Each of these items, Walters eggs, Mama's plant, and The kitchen window all are symbols used in the movie to visualize the American dream for the families hopes and dreams. Walter eggs are just used in the movie to lead to why he and his family are struggling and he wants the insurance money that will come in the mail for mama. when his wife finally tells him to eat the eggs he say "damn these eggs, damn all the eggs there ever was". Mama's plants symbolizes Mama's hopes for the future, in which the plant really symbolizes the children in which she treats the plant like a child. The kitchen window expresses is a representation of the families hopes for a brighter future.

Conclusion

In conclusion we stated in our thesis that "In Lorraine Hansberry’s Play A raisin in the sun Attainability of the American dream is prevalent as the family moves into their new home, and though they struggle, the bond of family is what helps bring them full circle to the dream." In our presentation we explained the themes and symbols used in the movie. As you can see we broke down each theme and symbol in which we have proven them within each part of the presentation.

Work cited

A raisin in the sun. Screenplay by Lorraine Hansberry. American Broadcasting Company (ABC), 2008. Film. Directed By: Kenny Leon, Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan, Audra McDonald, Sean 'P. Diddy' Comb, David Oyelowo, Bill Nunn, John Stamos, Alexandra Cheron, Ron C. Jones, Emily Swiss, Justin Martin, Elle Downs.

Hansberry, Lorraine. A raisin in the sun. Chicago: Vintage Books, 1959