Langston Hughes  Experiences in this play echo a lawsuit Hansberry v. Directed by Lloyd Richardsthe cast comprised: She and her husband, Big Walter, had struggled to make life better for the children.
He wants to be rich and devises plans to acquire wealth with his friends, particularly Willy Harris. The Importance of Family The Youngers struggle socially and economically throughout the play but unite in the end to realize their dream of buying a house.
However, with the ultimate decision, after Walter rediscovers his pride, to move into their new house, Mama readies her plant - it is one of the final items to be packed, as she steps out to finally see her dream be realized. She goes to her plant, which has remained on the table, looks at it, picks it up and takes it to the windowsill and sits it outside, and she stands and looks at it a long moment The matriarch of the family, Mama is religious, moral, and maternal.
They had even had a particular house in mind: The notes state that she "goes to the window, opens it, and brings in a feeble little plant growing doggedly in a small pot on the windowsill.
Asagai, as he is often called, is very proud of his African heritage, and Beneatha hopes to learn about her African heritage from him. The news that the money has been lost leads Mama to give up momentarily on her dream - she tells the others that they better call the moving men and tell them not to come.
In this scene, we see Mama resigning herself, it seems, to the idea that this is the only garden she will ever have. Hansberry does not attempt to resolve this conflict, choosing rather to leave Beneatha undecided at the end of the play, suggesting the difficulty of such a choice.
A Raisin in the Sun is rife with conflicts: Eventually Mama puts some of the money down on a new house, choosing an all-white neighborhood over a black one for the practical reason that it happens to be much cheaper.
Her almost pessimistic pragmatism helps her to survive. Walter redeems himself and black pride at the end by changing his mind and not accepting the buyout offer, stating that the family is proud of who they are and will try to be good neighbors.
Although the abortion theme is merely touched on in this play, the way is opened for other writers to treat it more thoroughly in future plays. Some of her personal beliefs and views have distanced her from conservative Mama.
The Hansberrys won their right to be heard as a matter of due process of law in relation to the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
He offers the Youngers a deal to reconsider moving into his all-white neighborhood. In the meantime, she nurtures and cares for her plant as best she can. Even facing such trauma, they come together to reject Mr. We aint never been that poor. And I also remember my desperate and courageous mother, patrolling our household all night with a loaded German Luger pistoldoggedly guarding her four children, while my father fought the respectable part of the battle in the Washington court.
Through the romantic involvement of these two, Hansberry manages to link the African struggle for independence with the African American struggle for self-identity and self-determination. Meanwhile, Karl Lindner, a white representative of the neighborhood they plan to move to, makes a generous offer to buy them out.
Twenty years old, she attends college and is better educated than the rest of the Younger family. Travis earns some money by carrying grocery bags and likes to play outside with other neighborhood children, but he has no bedroom and sleeps on the living-room sofa.
At times she comes close to giving up hope, but she continues to hold onto her dream and nurture her plant, showing her perseverance. The Youngers approve of George, but Beneatha dislikes his willingness to submit to white culture and forget his African heritage.
Walter is a dreamer. Her lines are employed as comic relief, but Hansberry also uses this scene to mock those who are too scared to stand up for their rights. When the play hit New York, Poitier played it with the focus on the son and found not only his calling but also an audience enthralled.
Just as the plant continues to "doggedly" grow despite its poor environment, Mama continues to hold on to her dream of someday owning her own home.In A Raisin in the Sun, the Younger family is given an opportunity to actualize its various dreams, hopes, and plans when a $10, check comes in the mail.
The play explores the complications inhe Pride is portrayed in an extremely positive light in A Raisin in the Sun. Since the play is. LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in A Raisin in the Sun, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Jumper, Alexandra.
"A Raisin in the Sun Themes." LitCharts. LitCharts LLC, 17 Oct Web. 10 Sep Jumper, Alexandra. "A Raisin in the Sun Themes." LitCharts. A Raisin in the Sun is essentially about dreams, as the main characters struggle to deal with the oppressive circumstances that rule their lives.
The title of the play references a conjecture that Langston Hughes famously posed in a poem he wrote about dreams that were forgotten or put off. LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in A Raisin in the Sun, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
Dreams possess great importance in A Raisin in the Sun, with the play’s name coming from a Langston Hughes poem titled Montage of a Dream Deferred. A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in The title comes from the poem "Harlem" (also known as "A Dream Deferred") by Langston Hughes.
A Raisin in the Sun is a play about the difficulty of following one's dreams. Its title is drawn from Langston Hughes' poem "Harlem," which famously asks, "What happens to a dream deferred.Download