Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun Essay

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

A Raisin in the Sun is one of the best works of Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, in which, through a black family, the Youngers, she talks about vital issues such as poverty, gender and racial discrimination. Hansberry's play focuses mainly on the dreams of the main characters, which motivates them.

The title 'A Raisin in the Sun' has been taken from the poem "Montage of a Dream Deferred" written by Langston Hughes in which he talks about the consequences when dreams are put off for later. The title is appropriate for Hansberry?s play since it shows how ?deferred dreams? of the Younger family shrivel up like ?a raisin in the sun? leading to disillusionment and leaving very little hope for the
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He also dreams of having a more loving relationship with his wife, since they seem to drift away from each other due to stressful circumstances. And he wants to earn so much money that his son can choose from among the best colleges when he turns seventeen.

Unlike Walter, Mama, that is, Lena Younger, believes that money is only a means to an end and that dreams are more important than material wealth. She dreams to own a house with a garden and a big yard in which Travis can play. Ever since she and her husband moved into the rented apartment that the Youngers still live in, her dream has been deferred. This dream kept her motivated to work hard and earn money but no matter how much she and her husband tried, they could not make enough money to fulfill their dream. The insurance money that she received due to the death of her husband gave Mama a hope and opportunity to realize her dream. Mama strongly believes in the importance of family, and she tries to teach this value to her family as she struggles to keep them together and functioning.

Throughout the play, Mama takes care and nurtures her plant, which she is very fond of. The plant represents both Mama's unconditional love and care, and her dream for her family. Even though the plant is unable to get enough light or water, the plant is healthy under her care. This symbolizes her love and unending care for her family,

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