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Symbolism (A Raisin In the Sun)
Transcript of Symbolism (A Raisin In the Sun)
The plant symbolizes Mama's dream to buy a house of her own. More specifically, to have a garden or yard. With her plant, she practices her gardening skills, since she wants to be positive about achieving her dream.
The plant symbolizes how the family is doing. It represents Mama's care and her dream for the family. Therefore, if Mama can't keep the plant alive, then there's no hope in her dream coming true. The author compares the Younger family to the plant because just like the plants, Mama nurtures her family despite the fragile and rough living condition they are surviving in. Mama knows that just as how she takes great care of the plant and make it survive, she can do the same with her family too.
It is the rising action and the climax of the play. Without this, there wouldn't be a story. As soon as the characters found out about the check, they fought over what the check should be used for. The check represents their key of achieving their long term dreams such as the house, liquor store, and medical school. It also symbolizes Walter’s greed and destruction to his own original beliefs. The check brought out the inner selves of each individual character, showing the strong will of integrity and continuation of doing what is right and follow their dreams.
Asagai gives Beneatha the records to work the Nigerian thing to get ahead with her. He knows that Beneatha has a longing for identity. He also talk about Africa with Beneatha.
The robe belongs to Joseph Asagai's sister. They represent his Nigerian culture, as well as Beneatha's search to find her African ancestry. Wearing the robe makes Beneatha assume the role of a Nigerian princess. It also represents the true Negro roots of the Younger family in Africa.
The furniture sets the theme and the setting of the story. The tattered furniture and diminutive window symbolizes the Younger family and their sticky situation. The worn out carpets and couches portray the ray of pride and exhaustion of the household.
The gardening hat that Travis gave Mama represents how everything in the broken household will get better in the future. Travis' present symbolizes Mama's need to continue nurturing her family as she does for her plant. Since Mama loves gardening, the hat is a meaningful present to her.
In the beginning of the story, Beneatha has a western conformed hairstyle; she fits in the crowd of society. After she talks with Asagai, he questions her hairstyle. She's like everybody else in society with the same idea in mind. Asagai tries to show her how to be a realists.
Fifty Cents/One Dollar
This symbolizes their greed of what they want. The money represents they're internal want for more materialistic things, rather then their essential needs to live.
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