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A Raisin in the Sun: Summary and Analysis

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Introduction

A Raisin in the Sun: Summary and Analysis The play has a very strong view on Feminism in the 1960's. The three characters which are women; Mama, Ruth and Benetha show an influence over theme of the family. They are the main supporters of the family, because Walter is too lazy to do anything or care about his family, since all that is important to him is money. Mama is by far the dominant female in the family, since she directly gave Benetha orders to say "there is still a god in my mothers house" and Benetha obeyed her, so that makes Mama dominant over Her. Now Ruth listens to Mama and respects her as the sole leader of the household, because she is the oldest and wisest. The women of Raisin in the sun all are very important because of there roles and personalities. The importance of children in this play is that of a great influence. Walter, Benetha and Travis are the only "children" of the play and they all play an important role. ...read more.

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When Willy Harris runs off with Walters money, Walter realizes that he has done wrong and needs to do something to redeem himself. Ruth's unborn child symbolizes the future, and what my stories it could bring. Walter wants her to get an abortion foreshadowing that they might have a bad future. The unborn baby is a symbol in that some look for the future, while others hide from it. The house in Clybourne Park symbolizes a new beginning, or a fresh start. It shows that everyone in the Younger family needs a fresh start and that they will be willing to do anything for one. George and Asagai are two very interesting characters in that they are very different in their views but they both like Benetha. George is a rich upper class boy who has little respect for Benetha and his cultural history. George has totally walked away form his race and community with his materialistic attitude and his feelings of supremacy. George rather denounces his race then to accept it and grow on it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mama only wanted a nice place for her family, not anything else like Mama wanted. But it was a good dream; she thought it would provide them with a safe home and tranquility. Beneathas dream is the one that just sags like a heavy load. Beneatha comes to a realization that that entire she had believed in since her youth appears now to be false. She assumed that by being a doctor, she could cure people of what ails them. She witnessed her brother's insanity after losing the money he was to use for his family and realized that someone she did not know had also stolen the means for her education. Walters dream is to take the insurance money and use it to invest in a Liquor store. Walter wants to become somebody and achieve goals like those that white men do. But he becomes too preoccupied with money and ignores the harm he could cause to his family. He focuses too much on becoming economically successful and forgets about the basics. Instead of going step by step, he takes a giant leap and falls, when Willy Harris runs off with the money that was for Benethas schooling and the money that Walter obtained. ...read more.

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