Green Thumbs in the Family

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Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun centers around three generations of the Younger family as they struggle to both improve their condition and keep their family together. Being a black family in Chicago during the peak of post World War II racism, they have reached a crossroads both personally (between the family's past and its future) and socially (between accepted racism and social reform).


This paper will study the connections between these aspects of the plant and how exactly they correlate to both the Younger family and their internal dynamics.
The significance of the flower pot can be seen as an encompassing support. It is what keeps the necessary components together for the continuation of life. This directly parallels the family unity that all the characters exhibit to different degrees in varying ways from Walter's need to provide stable income for the family to Beneatha's drive to become a doctor, thus helping other people while providing security for her own. The most direct representation of this surrounding support can be found in two main examples, however: Walter Sr.'s insurance money and Lena's purchase of a new house for the family. The first of these is a result of a lifetime of hard work to support his family - and, despite to what extent the work may have killed Walter Sr., his efforts have extended beyond his own lifetime to support the family after his passing. The example of the new house is Lena's own contribution to nurture and provide for the family, for they have essentially overgrown their current abode and must be transplanted into a new vessel. ...
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