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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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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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One of the most notable symbols in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun is Mama's plant. The plant represents Mama's dream of owning a house with a garden. She tells Ruth that she has always...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2021, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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In ancient Greek mythology, Prometheus was a Titan god of fire who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity. As punishment for his crime, Prometheus was chained to a rock where his liver...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2021, 10:48 am (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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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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Playwright Lorraine Hansberry used lots of figurative language in her play A Raisin in The Sun, like simile and personification. A simile is a figure of speech that compares unlike things using the...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2021, 7:25 pm (UTC)

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The connection between Langston Hughes's 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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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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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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When Mama says Walter is "kind of like a rainbow after the rain," she is referring to the troubles he has recently been through. Wanting to show trust in him and affirm his manhood, Mama gives...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2021, 8:50 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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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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In Act One, Scene Two of A Raisin in the Sun, Lena Younger (Mama), her daughter Beneatha, and her daughter-in-law Ruth have a conversation about the relationship between marriage and career. As the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2020, 6:24 pm (UTC)

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Walter Jr.'s attitude, personality, and outlook on life dramatically change several times throughout Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. At the beginning of the play, Walter Jr. is depicted...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2020, 1:58 pm (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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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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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 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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Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun focuses on the Youngers: a Black family living in poverty in Chicago's south side. The play features many conflicts, both internal and external, but...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020, 12:06 pm (UTC)

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Unlike the other members of the Younger family, Beneatha defies tradition by challenging society's conventional gender roles. Beneatha desires to become a female doctor, which is unheard of in her...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2018, 9:28 am (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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Choosing a good thesis statement for A Raisin in the Sun will depend on the reader’s interpretation. Lorraine Hansberry’s play is primarily a family drama, so the thesis should be concerned with...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2021, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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Mama and Walter are at odds and struggle to see eye-to-eye on how to spend the insurance check of ten thousand dollars. In the play, Mama is depicted as a religious, traditional woman who simply...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2020, 12:32 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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Beneatha becomes interested in Africa when she meets Joseph Asagai, a student from Nigeria, on her campus. She approaches him because she is interested in learning about (what she considers) her...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2019, 11:23 pm (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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Mrs. Johnson accuses the Youngers of being "proud" because she thinks that the Youngers feel that they are better than the others who live in the inner city with them. After the life insurance...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2017, 5:34 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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There are many dynamic characters in A Raisin in the Sun, but one of the most notable is Lena Younger, the Younger family’s matriarch. Lena expresses care and compassion for all members of her...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2020, 7:10 am (UTC)

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Beneatha is referring to what Ms. Johnson is symbolic of, which is the attitude of some black folks to resent people of their race who attempt to better their class position. It is very clear that...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019, 2:36 pm (UTC)

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Travis does not have a specific dream like the other members of the Younger family. Since Travis is a ten-year-old boy, his dreams are in part shaped by the adults in his life. In act 1, scene 1,...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2021, 8:18 pm (UTC)

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The differences between Ruth and Travis's relationship and Walter's relationship with his son is best illustrated at the beginning of the play when Travis asks his mother for fifty cents to bring...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2020, 4:24 pm (UTC)

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Two important aspects of A Raisin in the Sun that have not changed significantly since the late 1950s are housing segregation and the representation of black females in the medical profession. The...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2019, 1:13 am (UTC)

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George Murchison represents an assimilationist ethos in the play. His shoes signal that he has adopted the prevalent values of the dominant culture, as Beneatha puts it, and this notion is...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2015, 8:55 pm (UTC)

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This scene is more symbolic of a great many issues related to social identity and African Americans in the latter half of the 20th century. The literal conception of the scene is that African-...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2009, 4:08 am (UTC)

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A major external conflict in Act III of A Raisin in the Sun is between Walter and his sister, Beneatha. As the scene opens, Beneatha is feeling lost and depressed about the loss of the money to...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2012, 9:48 pm (UTC)

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The primary similarities between Walter Younger and Beneatha Younger are that these African Americans are siblings who live with their widowed mother in a small apartment in Chicago. Both are...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2020, 7:19 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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In referring to thirty pieces of silver, Beneatha suggests that Lindner's offer to buy the family's new house from them is a bribe or "ransom" akin to the one that Judas accepted as payment for...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2015, 6:23 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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The internal conflict in Lena Younger, or Mama, shapes the entire play, because she is the beneficiary of her husband’s life insurance policy. The other characters express their desires about what...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2019, 2:06 am (UTC)

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Mama has already put a $3500 down payment on a house in Clybourne Park, so she is on the way to fulfilling her dream of a better life for her family. She gives Walter the rest of the money, because...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2020, 3:50 pm (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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Walter and Beneatha Younger are both ambitious dreamers throughout the play and have different ideas of how to spend their mother's insurance money. Both siblings are unique, charismatic, and...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2017, 10:10 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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As a person who has married into the Younger family, Ruth tries to get along with everyone. She has a pleasant temperament and tries to be the peacemaker in the family, but she unavoidably faces...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2021, 8:39 pm (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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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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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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