In A Raisin in the Sun how does the author use literary devices to develop a theme?

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The author uses the metaphor in the title—that of a raisin in the sun—from the poetry of Langston Hughes to convey the theme of deferred dreams. Each of the main characters (Mama, Walter, Ruth, Beneatha, and Travis) has a dream that is in danger of drying up, like a raisin in the sun, if they continue in their life of poverty and deprivation. This theme runs throughout the play, as the characters strive to decide which of their dreams is viable and to achieve their dreams.

Hansberry also uses symbols to represent themes . Mama's droopy plant is symbolic of the way that the family tries but fails to thrive in their...

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