A Raisin In The Sun Essay

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Dreams are something that everyone has. No matter the age, time period, race, or part of the world they may be from every person has a dream. In “A Raisin in the Sun” the author tells a story of deferred dreams and the way one family tries to cope with everyday life when their dreams seem unattainable. Through her use of literary elements like symbolism, conflict, and setting Lorraine Hansberry is able to clearly demonstrate her theme of deferred dreams. Through the use of symbolism Hansberry is able to take something simple like a physical object and give it a deeper meaning or use it to represent something else. Throughout “A Raisin in the Sun” there’s one symbol that is mentioned several times. Mama’s plant is described as being feeble and old. This could be symbolic for Mama’s family. She continuously cares for the plant throughout the story and yet it remains in the same condition no different from her family’s situation. She is constantly trying to keep her family together and she tries …show more content…
The old house is described as being infested with roaches and rats. They live on the bottom floor and have to share one bathroom with several other families from above. The description of this further proves the theme of deferred dreams because of the deteriorating conditions. The new house that Mama buys is located in an all-white neighborhood. The new house is bigger, it has three bedrooms, a basement, and a nice yard(Hansberry). The new house gives the Younger’s hope. During the time period this story is set in racism was still an issue for many places. From the types of jobs they have, the problems they face, and the racism issues they’re bound to run into in the new neighborhood it’s evident that the time period is a very important part of the story(Hale). The setting of “A Raisin in the Sun” is essential to its theme of deferred