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"A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Vivian Hansberry.

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"A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Vivian Hansberry conveys the timeless struggle for the furtherance of family values and morals with utmost clarity. The play follows the life of a small black family's difficult struggle to keep their dreams of from tenants to owners alive and see them through to fruition. These dreams, and the struggles necessary to attain them, as well as coming to terms with the dreams that are out of reach, are the focus and driving force behind this story of every persons struggle to attain goals that are not always in tune with societies thoughts or ideas on a persons place in life. The internal difficulties of the family and the detrimental effects of these problems on the family is a major theme in the play. As the play begins, Walter and Ruth are seen having a fight over Walter's dream to open his own store in the business world by using an incoming insurance check for his mother as a down payment on a capitalistic adventure. Walter tells his wife that, "I'm trying to talk to you 'bout myself and all you can say is eat them eggs and ...read more.


with becoming self-employed or at least in a management position without thinking about the consequences which may be imposed upon his family. As seen later in the story, Walter learns that for the overall good of the family he needs to set his dreams aside and get his 'head in the game' so that all may succeed. On the other hand, Beneatha, the younger sister of Walter, starts yet another internal conflict by speaking in an unacceptable manner about God at which point her mother slaps her because of her insolence to values that have been taught to her since childhood. Beneatha is unlike the rest of the family, and seeks to confront conflicts by being selfish and only thinking of herself. She strives to be unlike the rest of the family to set herself apart, which is why she wants to be a doctor so desperately. Every solution to each conflict is to face it alone, getting help from anyone is a set back to her wanting to be and individual. Even when a solution to a conflict can be reached, she will not take it because she strives for more. ...read more.


Walter's deal falls through though and he is faced with an even more 'pride deflating' task of talking with the head of the white 'Welcoming Committee' of their new neighborhood and pretending to be the stereotypical subservient black so that the 'Welcoming Committee' will buy the family's new house and the family can then use that money for Beneatha's education and existence. But, as the time draws near for Walter to put his pride away, he realizes with the help of the family that no amount of money can make up for the loss of pride and that it is sometimes better to sacrifice the goals of one for the good of many. Therefore, he tells the gentleman from the 'Welcoming Committee' that they "decided to move into our house because my father-my father-he earned it." "A Raisin in the Sun" displays a great recurring theme in life that many times the good of the few has to be sacrificed through the needs and propagation of the group. This play also powerfully illustrates the idea that sometimes to hold on to ethics, values, and pride is the most difficult option, but is the most fulfilling and helps to make facing the next challenge easier. ...read more.

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