Critical Analysis Of A Raisin On The Sun

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A raisin in the sun was written by an author, activist and playwright, Lorrain Hansberry, an African-American woman. Her play was performed in 1959 in Broadway and it was deemed a successful show. The play was about a lower class black family that struggled to be accepted and treated equally in the south side of Chicago, whom all dream of a better life. Opportunity arises when they received a ten thousand dollar insurance cheque when Lena Younger (Mama) husband died. Lena Younger, Walter Younger and Beneatha Younger all had plans for the money. They all lived in a small cramped apartment and with this, they all had dreams. Beneatha wanted to go to medical school; Walter wanted the money to invest into a Liquor store so he can provide... View More »

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When she realizes this she said, “That was what one person could do for another, fix him up- sew up the problem, make him alright again. That was the most marvelous thing in the world … I wanted to do that. I always thought it was the one concrete thing in the world that a human being could do. Fix up the sick, you know – and make them whole again. This was truly being God… I wanted to cure. It used to be so important to me. I wanted to cure. It used to matter. I used to care. I mean about people and how their bodies hurt…”. Walter sees her dream as to far – fetched, so she sarcastically apologizes for having dreams “Beneatha (dropping to her knees): Well – I do – all right? – thank everybody! And forgive me for ever wanting to be anything at all! (Pursuing him on her knees across the floor) FORGIVE ME, FORGIVE ME, FORGIVE ME!” Beneatha had pride in her dreams and doesn’t expect to give up her dreams so easily.
Lena Younger (Mama) received an insurance policy cheque of ten thousand dollars on behalf of her late husband, Walter Younger Senior who worked for a white man all his life. He wasn’t able to accomplish his dreams, but he had faith that his children would be able to attain their dreams. “Mama: … Big Walter used to say, he’d get wet in the eyes sometimes, lean his head back with the water standing in his eyes and say, “Seem like God didn’t see fit to give black man nothing but dreams – but He did give us children to make them dreams worthwhile.” Lena Younger and her late husband planned to buy a house after marriage, “Mama: ... We had even picked out the house. ...

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