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What is the theme of the play "A Raisin in the Sun"?

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ashanti676 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2008 at 7:17 AM via web

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What is the theme of the play "A Raisin in the Sun"?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 14, 2008 at 8:28 AM (Answer #1)

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There are a few different themes that run together.  The idea of holding onto your dreams, in the presence of racism, which is the main theme in the work.

"What happens to a person whose dreams grow more and more passionate--while his hopes of ever achieving those dreams grow dimmer each day?"

The struggle for African Americans to gain civil rights and the prejudice that existed and intolerance in society before the laws were changed in the 1960s.  

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