A Raisin In The Sun Analysis

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Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, set in the aftermath of World War II during the apparent racial tension between African Americans and whites, portrays the story of the Youngers, a poor African American family, who feel the confinement of their miniscule apartment and the social roles forced upon them by society in Chicago’s South side. They discover a chance at a new beginning when the matriarch of the family, Lena Younger, receives a $10,000 life insurance check. However, her children, Walter Lee and Beneatha, each have their own plans for the money which causes tension within the family. Throughout the play, they must find a way to work through their problems and fight against racial discrimination. In A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry incorporates various symbols such as Mama’s plant, Beneatha’s African connections, and the life insurance check. The use of these symbols helps describe the hopes and dreams of the Younger family trying to break the cycle of poverty and racism. All throughout her play, Hansberry always mentions Mama’s little plant. She confesses that her barely surviving plant never receives the sufficient sunlight and water to flourish healthily, yet it continues to grow under her loving care. Even though her family may think she is crazy, she never abandons her small, feeble houseplant. Her plant clearly represents her family’s deferred dreams for a better and successful future, struggling to survive in this cruel and harsh world. Similar to the

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