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A Raisin in the Sun

In A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry shows how large-scale, impersonal forces such as poverty and institutionalized racism impact individuals and relationships. Ruth and Walter live in a...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2020 11:09 am UTC

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In some ways, the play ends happily for the Younger family. Walter, who has considered accepting a bribe from a white homeowners' association in exchange for not moving to a new neighborhood,...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 10:28 pm UTC

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Among other things, the plant could be said to represent the love that Mama has for her family. She cares for the plant just as she cares for her children, nurturing it in the hope that it will...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 7:25 am UTC

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The dream deferred in Langston Hughes's famous poem is the dream of an America where there will be true equality among the races and where African Americans, specifically, will no longer be...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 5:10 pm UTC

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Mama and Walter disagree over how to spend the insurance money. Mama wants to use most of the money to move out of their cramped apartment, pay for a new house in the suburbs, and then divide the...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021 12:06 pm UTC

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By the time A Raisin in the Sun opens, Walter and Ruth have been married eleven years, and their relationship seems rather strained. Walter is a dreamer; he always has some scheme up his sleeve,...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021 2:57 pm UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Walter criticizes George for his attire and education before George takes Beneatha on a date. As George is leaving, he says, "Good night, Prometheus!"...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2017 9:57 am UTC

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In the Younger family, Walter Jr. and Beneatha (Bennie) are siblings; he is her older brother. Both are adults: he is 35 and she is 20. As the only two children in the family, they are very close...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2020 11:20 pm UTC

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George Murchison is one of Beneatha's suitors. He is wealthy and charismatic, and he believes in traditional gender roles. He doesn't like it when Beneatha acts in ways that don't align with what...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2019 7:12 pm UTC

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Beneatha says she is not an assimilationist while she is talking with Joseph Asagai, a Nigerian exchange student. Arriving at her home, he brings her "the colorful robes of a Nigerian woman" and...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 2:10 am UTC

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The connection between the Langston Hughes poem "Harlem (A Dream Deferred)," and the play (Lorraine Hansberry derived the title of her play A Raisin in the Sun from the poem) is that both revolve...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021 2:55 pm UTC

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Mama is deeply religious (as demonstrated by her heavy-handed philosophical clashes with Beneatha), and she looks down upon drinking as a vice that makes one focus on the pleasures of the...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011 2:36 pm UTC

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Walter Lee Younger is the man of the Younger house and the protagonist of A Raisin in the Sun. Most descriptions of him refer to his ambitious ideas and preoccupation with financial independence....

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020 6:59 pm UTC

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Walter Lee Younger experiences the most significant change throughout the course of the play. At the beginning of the play, Walter is an exhausted, depressed dreamer, who is tired of working as a...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2017 4:00 pm UTC

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At the end of A Raisin in the Sun, Mama says this of Walter as she is speaking with Ruth and is just about to leave their old apartment for their new house. She is referring to Walter's maturation,...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2017 12:07 pm UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous post, George Murchinson and Joseph Asagai come from opposite backgrounds and have drastically different personalities throughout the play. George Murchinson comes...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2017 1:47 pm UTC

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A good thesis statement would relate to one of the key thematic aspects of this play, which is dreams and their importance to the characters. It is very obvious from the early scenes in the play...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2013 6:02 am UTC

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The 1961 movie version of A Raisin in the Sun is very close to Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, but the main difference is that the movie allows the story to leave the confines of the dimly lit,...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2018 7:06 pm UTC

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The significance of the play's ending reveals the Younger family's motivation to overcome obstacles and strive to attain their dreams, despite experiencing the racial prejudice that has hampered so...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 11:40 pm UTC

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Although Lorraine Hansberry's celebrated play A Raisin in the Sun is set in the 1950s, there are multiple themes and situations explored that are still relevant in today's society. One of the...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 2:02 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the play, Lena Younger and her family anxiously wait to receive a ten thousand dollar check from her husband's life insurance payout. Lena's husband, Walter Sr., has recently...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2018 5:21 pm UTC

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When Walter Younger, Sr. was alive, he and his wife Lena moved into a small apartment and dreamed of one day buying a house. As the family grew and Walter, Jr. married, his wife, Ruth, joined them...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020 4:30 am UTC

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In act two, scene three, the entire Younger family is in a joyful mood as they prepare to move into their new home in the white neighborhood of Clybourne Park. After a brief meeting with Mr....

Latest answer posted October 3, 2018 1:18 pm UTC

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This question has previously been answered. Here is a link for you: http://www.enotes.com/raisin-in-the-sun/q-and-a/what-conflicts-do-you-see-emerging-play-46731

Latest answer posted April 8, 2011 1:02 am UTC

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In A Raisin in the Sun, Ruth Younger is an important character. She is the mother of Walter's son. Travis will carry on the family name. Also, Ruth is expecting Walter's next child. Life goes on...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2012 8:09 pm UTC

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Beneatha is portrayed as a rather fickle, mercurial young woman, who is interested in both George Murchinson and Joseph Asagai. When Lena and Ruth initially begin inquiring about Beneatha's...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 12:12 pm UTC

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The dialogue in A Raisin in the Sun uses numerous figures of speech that are commonly found in everyday speech. Lorraine Hansberry incorporates this type of figurative language to make the...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2019 12:17 am UTC

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In the play, Walter is depicted as a dreamer. He is upset with his current situation and desperately wants to use his mother's insurance check to start a liquor business with two of his friends....

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020 2:11 pm UTC

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The argument between Beneatha and her mother Lena concerning God shows their radically different ways of looking at the world. Lena holds fairly traditional views, which was common with most women...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2020 11:07 am UTC

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In A Raisin in the Sun, Joseph and George Murchison can be seen as symbolic characters, each representing a different set of values and a different mode of identity. In choosing between these two...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2012 2:56 pm UTC

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There's nothing wrong, of course, with reading something in order to find a life lesson, moral, or message, It may work for simple stories (even then, though, sometimes things aren't as simple as...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2010 5:54 am UTC

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Starting with Hansberry's own description of Mama in Act One, Mama is a strong character, "a woman who has adjusted to many things in life and overcome many more." Mama has dealt with many...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016 7:27 pm UTC

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In Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun, Walter Lee Younger is employed as Mr. Arnold's chauffeur. Walter is portrayed as a vibrant, enthusiastic man with massive dreams of one day...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2019 12:46 am UTC

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Money plays a significant role for the characters in A Raisin in the Sun. The beginning of the play revolves around the Youngers being about to receive a $10,000 check from Mr. Younger's life...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2020 2:45 pm UTC

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One way to approach character motivation is to think about the rhetorical meaning or thematic significance of the character's wants and desires. The conflict of A Raisin in the Sun centers around...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 1:31 pm UTC

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It's important to remember that Walter's initial attempt at contact with George is friendly, though it occurs in a rather eccentric circumstance. In Act II, Scene One, George enters the apartment...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016 11:28 am UTC

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The Younger family's new home in the white neighborhood of Clybourne Park symbolizes Lena's personal dream, significant social mobility, and hope for the family. When Lena receives her husband's...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2020 10:56 pm UTC

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It is not too surprising that mother and daughter are in opposition a bit in this play. The mother/daughter conflict exists in most of humanity. In A Raisin in the Sun, Mama’s dreams only conflict...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2016 12:35 pm UTC

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Although the outcome doesn't seem very positive, some very important life lessons are learned here.1. Joseph tells Beneatha that so many people are worse off than she, and that her dreams don't...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2008 10:05 pm UTC

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Walter Younger and his sister Beneatha are very similar in most ways. They are both African Americans living with their mother in a small apartment in a poor neighborhood of Chicago. Lorraine...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2020 8:43 pm UTC

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Lorraine Hansberry challenges stereotypes of African American people in the play by making the characters people rather than caricatures and by giving them qualities that stereotypical African...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 4:12 pm UTC

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This is a play which does not have any obvious central character. Rather, Hansberry chooses to focus equally on the four main characters, Beneatha, Walter, Ruth and Mama, exploring their different...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2012 6:36 am UTC

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Mrs. Johnson is depicted as the Younger family's nosy, jealous neighbor who briefly visits their apartment to see how Lena and the family are handling their recent fortune. When Mrs. Johnson stops...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2018 7:45 pm UTC

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For Ruth, Mama’s announcement that she has bought a house is one of the first bursts of optimism in a long time. Consider her body language upon hearing the news: She laughs joyously, having...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2020 1:41 am UTC

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Both Joseph and George appear primarily as male objects of affection for Beneatha. While each of them have numerous distinct qualities, they are both young black men. During the course of the play,...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2018 2:27 pm UTC

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The conflict of George attempting to change Beneatha into a passive, quiet young lady is resolved when Beneatha refuses to kiss him and ends their brief relationship. At the beginning of act two,...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2018 2:03 pm UTC

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In A Raisin in the Sun, the tone is somber, depressing yet realistic. The Younger family lives in a segregated Chicago neighborhood. The apartment is worn from too many people living in it: The...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2011 7:13 am UTC

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The check is the ten-thousand-dollar life insurance compensation that Lena Younger receives after her husband passed away. The check represents possible financial freedom and the opportunity to...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2018 1:51 pm UTC

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It may be best to identify the play's conflicts here as these represent the narrative threads that culminate in the play's climax where they are (mostly) concluded. There are several minor...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2013 2:41 pm UTC

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As in most families, the relationships between the characters of Walter, Ruth, Travis, Beneatha, and Mama are complicated. They are often tense and difficult even though by the end, it is clear...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2020 9:03 pm UTC

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