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A Raisin in the Sun


Rabail Kiani

on 17 December 2009

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Transcript of A Raisin in the Sun

Symbols: A Raisin in the Sun By: Lorraine Hansberry Setting- Chicago Southside, Post WWII, in an old beaten up apartment Many themes are present in this play like racial prejudice, hardwork is rewarded in the end, and shooting for your dreams. Mama- She is Walter's morther and the head of the family. She makes all the decisions, and takes it upon herself to improve her families living conditions by buying a new house. Walter is a very proud indpendent man that likes to do things for himself.
He is married to Ruth, and they have a son named Travis. He does not like
that his mother (Mama) is the head of his family, and money is his biggest
priority. Ruth is Walter's wife and Travis' mother. She loves Walter, they are drifting apart due to money problems and stress within the family . "A Raisin in the Sun" is based on the childhood of
Lorraine Hansberry and her experiences with racism
and predjudice. This novel took place after World War
II during the Civil Rights Movement. Mama- I'm afraid you don't understand. My son said we was going to move there
ain't nothing left for me to say. You know how these young folks is nowadays,
mister. Can't do a thing with 'em. Goodbye (Hansberry 121). Mama's husband's life insurance is a primary symbol because the family
barely has enough money to get by. When Mama's husband dies,
the Younger family collects his life insuarnce. They then have enough
money to buy a house. The life insurance symbolizes hope and a way to
get out of their cramped apartment, and begin to prosper as a family. The apartment that the Younger's live in is a very cramped, and shabby,
resembles most of the living conditions of African Americans of that time
period. They were discriminated against in the workplace, so they could not
get good jobs to support their families or improve living conditions. The new
house serves as a new beginning and the hope of one day finally being
treated equally.
Well- you see our communitiy is made of up of people who've worked hard as the dickens
for years to build up that little community.They're not rich and fancy people; just hard working,
honest people who don't really have much but those little homes and a dream of the kind community
they want to raise they're children in. Now I don't say we are percfect, and there is a lot wrong in some
of the things they want. But you've got to admit that a man, right or wrong, has the right to want to have
the neighborhood he lives in a certain kind of way. And at the moment the overwhelming majority of our
people out there feel that people get along better, take more of a common interest in the life of the community,
when they share a common background. I want you to believe me when I tell you that race prejudice simply doesn''t enter
into it. It is a matter of the people of Clybourne Park believing, rightly or wrongly, as I say, that for the happiness of all
concerned that our Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities.

This passage reflects how all societies have groups both richer and poorer than others. Karl Lindner says this to Walter explaining
their society. It connects back to the theme because it shows how in some cases that hard work will be rewarded. Works Cited: Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. Evanston, Il: McDougal Littell, 1997.
Print. Any one in the world can relate themselves to A Raisin in the Sun, wheather it be little children, pre-teens, teenagers, or adults. One of the main concepts in this play is having a dream, from the oldest in the house , Mama, to the youngest, Travis, they all have dreams though living under the same roof. Like in our families, even though we live under the same roof doesn't mean our dreams have to be the same. Also like many families today they have their own struggles to deal with. Most importantly many families are tied together by a strong bond like the Younger family, no matter what happens thick or thin they come through together and happy. Walter Lee
African American male
had dreams of owning a liquor store
people were prejudice and racist towards him
Frederick Douglass
African American male
was a slave
had dreams of being free
people were prejudice and racist towards him
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