Raisin In The Sun—The Continually Compelling Drama Raisin In The Sun—a play written by Lorraine Hansberry—appeared nearly 50 years ago on Broadway. Raisin In The Sun confronts, racism, grief, power struggle, gender discrimination and the thirst for money all within a two-hour play. The themes discussed previously are still very prevalent in today’s society, as they were to the characters in the play; which makes Raisin In The sun a continually compelling drama today. Throughout Hansberry’s play, Walter Lee (the son of the soon-to-be-rich Mama), struggles with his thirst for success and money. Walter Lee is very dramatic and is constantly bringing down everyone else in his family which includes Mama, his sister Beneatha, and his wife Ruth. The readers of the play can get a sense that Walter is fed up with his place in society. He has dreams to be wealthy and live like a king with Ruth and his son Travis. Unfortunately he is stuck working as a driver, and he is clearly miserable working there. Walter Lee wants to use the insurance money Mama got from Walter Younger (her husband, and father to Beneatha and Walter Lee) to buy a liquor store so he can begin living his life lavishly. Mama is stubbornly opposed to this idea, which drives Walter Lee mad. Beautiful Beneatha is working hard to be a doctor, because she wants to make something of her life. In the beginning of the play we meet the man who Beneatha is currently dating, whose name is George. George is extremely sexist, never wanting Beneatha to discuss anything intellectual or interesting.
A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun is a story portraying the life of the Younger family. The Younger family is a black family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950’s. After the death of there father, the family receives an insurance policy of $10,000. This is the beginning of a family’s fight to find their way in life. This fight will lead them to realize what is most important in life. The mother in the story is a strong willed but loving and nurturing to her children. She…
The two most underlining themes in the Raisin in the Sun are the importance of family and the importance to fight racial segregation. These ideas are expressed throughout the novel with symbols such as Mama’s plant that she cares for and purchase of a new home in a predominately white neighborhood. Mama is the one that believes firmly in these messages throughout the novel while she tries to get the others to believe in them as well.
Mama’s plant is used to express tension and uneasiness within…
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A Raisin in the Sun
In the play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” by author Lorraine Hansberry, Beneatha is a character who is consistently struggling with her own image. For instance, Lena and Ruth were teasing Beneatha because she always pickups different activities but then merely just quits them; like playing the guitar. Beneatha tries to explain to her family that she is merely attempting to “express herself” and at this moment both Ruth and Lena Laugh. Beneatha is…
A Raisin in the Sun portrays an African American family, the Younger’s, living in the south side of Chicago during the 1950’s. Both the play written in 1959 by Lorraine Hansberry and the film directed in 2008 by Kenny Leon did a spectacular job exemplifying the struggles the Younger family faced and how they overcame them and became better people. Due to the passing of the man of the house, Mr. Younger, the family receives a life insurance check for $10,000. Although all of the…
take things step by step, dont rush. Greediness is another thing too, you may want something so bad but remember not to drag others down to get it. There are others out there just like you looking for a better and brighter future. In the play A Raisin in the Sun, Beneatha, Walter and Mama are dreaming about a better life in the future due to the money that Walter Sr. has left the family.
Beneatha is the youngest of Walter Sr. and Mama's children so she has been growing up more in modern times compared…
Beneatha’s Journey (From Grape to Raisin)
Taylor Swift’s song, “Never Grow Up,” shows what must be going through Beneatha Younger’s head in the novel, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. As much as this twenty-year old wants to stay a child and continue life the way it is, she still wants to thrive and become a doctor. This proves to be difficult in her life because of the lack of money and ambition that the most of the Younger family has, which changes when they receive their ten-thousand…
15 October 2014
“A Raisin in the Sun” Play Analysis
Everyone seems to know the "American Dream" as living a life of freedom, it is having the chance of achieving success and being prosperous which is attained through hard work. It is having a beautiful home with a white picket fence and a happy family to come home to after the hard work that is put into living the dream. It is inevitable that everyone has their own dreams that they want to achieve but there are always some…
A Raisin the Sun
Many people has problems, but what u may need to do is relieve yourself from these issues by having basic safety, love and self- esteem needs, so look at yourself and question, do u have this? Whether or not if you do, I have something discuss about that and this applies to all people actually and not just yourself and I will even resort to a play to show this theory that a physiologist named Abraham Maslow developed from a pyramid he has developed called the Hierarchy of Needs.…
Project One : The younger family has two hurdles to cross; they are both black and poor which
works against them more?
In the raisin and the sun race works against them more than if walter was a white man
every aspect of the play would have been different. For instance when walter decided he wanted
to go into the liquor business the bank would probably have given him the loan and he wouldn’t…
the content of their character.”
“I have a dream that one day little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with white boys and white girls are walk together as sisters and brothers.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
In the play “A Raisin In A Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry is essentially about dreams, including the American…