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bmarie93 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 12, 2010 at 6:37 AM via web

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What is a real-life example of each theme and an example from A Raisin in the Sun for each theme?

1. Dreams can either says or destroy a person.

2. Values & ideals are worth fighting for.

3. We do not simply live for ourselves, but for those who came before & will come after us.

4. It is never too late to start over.

5. Only through self-respect & self-esteem can people live with themselves.

6. Materialism & money, in themselves, are worthless.

7. Families can survive any catastrophe if the members love one another & share a common goal.

8. Dreams are necessary & important, even if we don't completely realize them.

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 27, 2010 at 8:44 AM (Answer #1)

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Check some current events for real-life examples; here are brief examples of these themes from the play.

1. Dreams can either save or destroy a person.--Walter is saved by his dreams because they indirectly allow him to have a better relationship with his family.  Bobo, on the other hand, seems to be destroyed by his dream because he loses all his life savings.

2. Values & ideals are worth fighting for.--Beneatha believes that she should have an emotional connection with a significant other, so she stops seeing George even though her family believes that he is a good choice for her.

3. We do not simply live for ourselves, but for those who came before & will come after us.--Mama believes that she must honor her husband's memory and make her children's dreams come true.

4. It is never too late to start over.--Although much of the money is lost, the family still moves to Clybourne Park in search of a better life.

5. Only through self-respect & self-esteem can people live with themselves.--Mama tells Travis that his father will speak for the family when Mr. Linder arrives, and Walter changes his mind when he knows that he needs to show his son a lesson in respect and pride.

6. Materialism & money, in themselves, are worthless.--The money is so easily lost that in itself, it is worthless.  The strength of the family unit is much more important.

7. Families can survive any catastrophe if the members love one another & share a common goal.--Mama tells Beneatha that she should love people when they go through bad times, not only when they prove good.  Mama says that people need love most when there are hard times.

8. Dreams are necessary & important, even if we don't completely realize them.--Walter never realizes his dreams of owning a business during the course of the play; however, his dreams keep him spirited and looking for a brighter day.

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