Langston Hughes poem, “A Dream Deferred” explains many similar themes that go along with the play “Raisin in the Sun ”. They both really explain how a dream can come true, and just like that be broken. Langston Hughes poem does a great job of making you sit and question what really happens to a dream that has been pushed to the side. The themes of the play “Raisin in the Sun” closely mirror and capture the meaning of the lines from the Langston Hughes poem “Harlem” (Dreams Deferred).
Mama’s plant in A Raison in the Sun, represents hope; hope for their future of having a house and a garden in the back. Mama is able to tend this dream plant and keep it alive even with the harsh atmosphere. When mama feels Walter and Beneatha are losing touch with her, she portrays her feelings through the dream plant, "Lord, if this little old plant don't get more sun than it's been getting, it ain't never going to see spring again" (40). This shows Mama truly believes that if Walter and Beneatha keep acting the way they do, they will not only ruin mama’s dream but also fail to initiate Big Walter’s legacy. Another piece of evidence that proves this, is when Ruth and Mama were talking about the now run-down house her and Big Walter used to
A Dream inside a Fruit Lorraine Hansberry was an African-American playwright and writer. Hansberry was the first black female author to have a play performed on Broadway. She grew up on the southside of Chicago and Is the author of Raisin in The Sun. Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, and novelis. Hansberry met Hughes as a child, His poem Harlem
In Lorraine Hansberry’s play,” A Raisin in the Sun” Beneatha Younger has great dreams for her future, but there are issues such as, race, education, and gender that stand in the way. Beneatha’s dreams of finding who she really is and becoming a doctor are affected by her gender in the play. Walter says to Beneatha,“I'm interested in you. Something wrong with that?
How do we interpret the character of Walter? The character of Walter is characterized as a struggling black man often viewed as having a male chauvinistic attitude towards women. Challenged with the responsibility of being the man of the family (head of household) who struggles to support the family financial needs. He is continuously contemplating new ways to enhance the well-being of the family. Frustrated by the societal barriers placed on black men and families during the early twenty century which impedes his progress to attain not only his advancement but impedes the prosperity of his family.
The primary feature of the Younger’s household is the furniture that once were possibly “selected with care and love and even hope—and brought to this apartment and arranged with taste and pride,” (Hansberry, 195) now worn down due to accommodating many bodies throughout the years. This pursuit to keep the family’s spirit alive comes from the most prominent, however occasionally hidden source of power in the Younger family, Lena Younger (Mama), Walter Lee and Beneatha’s mother, Ruth’s mother in law and Travis’s grandmother. She also has a small plant by the only source of daylight in the house, the small window of the kitchen, symbolizing hope, care and growth. The main issue of constant debate and discussion in these household is the $10,000 life insurance check that Mama receives upon her husband 's death.
Have you ever wanted to accomplish something that nobody else thought you could be? In “A Raisin In the Sun” Beneatha Younger, a young black woman, living with her older brother’s family in an apartment too small in a racist 1950s town. Everyone in the family treats her as the little sister even though Beneatha’s in her twenties. Defiant, determined, and ambitious, Beneatha Younger is a young woman who as her heart set on becoming a doctor and finding her place in life. Beneatha Younger lives with the Younger family in an apartment too small for them.
Beneatha Younger struggles to find her real identity throughout the whole play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” She strives to become a doctor despite being a women. Throughout the whole play she tries out a handful of hobbies that she takes up during the play. She tries out horse riding and then she wants to learn to play the guitar. Beneatha talks about how she is experimenting with many hobbies to find her identity.
In the domestic tragedy play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, describes how a family is dealing with financial expenses. The expenses are outrageous because Lena, also known as Mama, has a daughter named Beneatha and attends medical school while the family is paying for the house. The family wants to move into a nicer house, and they work hard to get there. Mama is expecting a ten thousand dollar check inherited by her husband that had died. The father, Walter, wants to buy a liquor store and to finally be in control, but the wife, Ruth, and, Mama, do not want him to.
Mama sprinkled her love for the family as if they were seeds in her garden, hoping with enough sunshine that they could blossom into the flower she hoped they could become. Lorraine Hansberry illustrates the hidden meaning of family through Mama’s plant as it undergoes positive and negative changes throughout the novel. In A Raisin in the Sun, Mama’s plant represents the family’s growth over time, dependence on Mama, and the ability of sustaining life even in the most difficult of times. Even though the play only takes place during the span of a few months or so, the growth and changes by the Youngers’ over this period of time is more than physical. To begin, Mama, the head of the household in the Younger family, symbolizes the plant, as