Analysis Of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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“A Raisin in The Sun”,by Lorraine Hansberry is a realistic fiction in which the play title and the characters actions represent the play 's theme. The play focused on the black American struggles to reach the American Dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness during the 1950s and 1960s. The idea of everyone having the chance to a better life should exist for all. Hansberry creates her title using a line from langston Hughes poem “A Dream Deferred.” The original poem was written in 1951 about Harlem. The dream was about how dreams were deferred meaning that dreams that were put away, saved for later snad how they end up disappearing. Hughes poem further suggested that when dreams and goals are denied to be pursued people tend to give …show more content…
Hughes poem was a precursor to the civil rights movement. Hansberry not only used Hughes poem to create her title but she also used it to express her message. Through her characters Walter Younger, Beneatha Younger and Lena Younger, Hansberry created real examples of black American’s struggles to reach the American Dream. Through her character Walter Younger, Hansberry created a real example of black American Struggles to reach the American Dream. Walters American Dream was to invest in a liquor store. He was going to achieve this dream by using mama’s check of of ten thousand dollars. His dream was deferred because mama used the money to put a down payment on a new house. Mama said to walter “I’m sorry about your liquor store, son it just wasn 't the thing for us to do right now.” (72) This shows how that because mama used the money to put the down payment on the house walter couldn 't use the money to invest in the liquor store and has to find another way to find the money to invest in the liquor store. Walter’s …show more content…
She tried to achieve this by going to college to get her degree. Her dream was deferred because she realized the amount of curing she would do would not make a change in the world, it wouldn’t help society. Beneatha said to Asagai “because it didn’t seem deep enough, close enough to all mankind. It was a child way of seeing things or an idealist.” (133) This means that when she was younger she used to think that curing was the best thing anyone can do but as she grew up she started to realize all the curing in the world would not make a change in mankind, in humanity. Beneatha’s dream of having someone who understood her was also deferred because every time she wanted to do something for herself or had an idea everyone would put her down and disagree with her. Beneatha said to mama “mama - Thank you - for understanding me this time.” (98) Showing that she was finally happy that someone finally agreed with her and understood her for once. Beneatha’s American Dream of finding her own identity was deferred because after living in America for five generations she feels as if the family lost their African American roots. She tries to achieve this by trying to gain a better understanding of her culture as an African American. So she turns to Asagai for help and says to him “ You come up to me and you

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