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A Raisin in the Sun

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Caitlin Windsor

on 20 March 2013

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Transcript of A Raisin in the Sun

Chicago's south side ghetto- 1940 What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore-
and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over-
Like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load Or do i es t e x p l o d e ? Walter Ruth Mama Beneatha Conflict: He wants to invest in a liquor store but Mama will not let him use her money to do so. He feels like he is not the head of the house and that they all just live under Mama's rules. "Bitter? Here I am a giant-surrounded by ants! Ants who can't even understand what it is the giant is talking about."
Metaphor: Walter is the giant surrounded by the rest of his family (ants).
He refers to himself as a giant because he is the man of the house and that's how he should be seen.
The ants show the inferiority to family. He feels like no one listens to what he is saying
Mama is head of the household in everyone's eyes Conflict: She does not know what to do with the money She wants to use the money to help Beneatha through medical school Travis She wants the best for her family She is very different than Ruth and Mama She is an atheist. Career first Tends to waste money on many different hobbies . She wants to become a doctor. Fights with her brother about the money She wants to get out of the small apartment they live in now. She is pregnant with their second child. Has no time for hobbies, her ambition is in the home. But set up an abortion because she cannot afford to bring another child into the family. She feels as if her husband isn't happy with their life. He wants to be a bus driver when he is older. Is told that they do not have the 50 cents he needs for school. Eats scrambled eggs every morning. Represents repetition of daily life and how tired he is of it. Mama decided to buy a house in a white neighborhood with most of the money. She left the rest of the money to Walter. "It makes a difference in a man when he can walk on floors that belong to him." - shows ownership A dream is no longer deferred by Mama; she gets a garden. Ruth can now keep the baby
"Is this the harvest of our days?"
metaphor- is this their time after all their hard work "There is always something left to love" "Like a rainbow after the rain"
simile signifies Walter's conversion, authority, manhood. When Walter wants to take money from the association Mama forces Travis to watch Walter's lack of dignity.
- He cannot downgrade himself and his family in front of his child.
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