Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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'Raisin in the Sun' is a play written by Lorraine Hansberry and explores the world of a black family living in a small house, amid financial troubles and individual dreams that need to be fulfilled. It narrates the story of the Younger family, comprising Mama, Walter Lee, Ruth, Beneatha---the main characters in the play.


In the beginning of the play, the conditions of living, as described by the house is striking. In addition to this, Walter Lee's irresponsible nature makes a reader anticipate some kind of change, to alter the balance. Moreover, when Joseph Asagai visits the Youngers' house, they are in the midst of cleaning up. This point is the fulcrum, since after this point, the 'process of cleaning' is geared up towards change.
At the end of the play, we see that the family is all set to move into a new house in Clybourne Park, which is symbolic of a change in the physical environment. In addition to this, Beneatha's life undergoes a change, since she chooses Asagai over Murchison, though it was an expected action. Moreover, the biggest change is seen in Walter Lee's character, which becomes a round character by the end of the play. The character undergoes an internal change and this is evident when Walter Lee stands up for his family and their principles. Consider the following dialogue spoken by Mama, "Oh-So now it's life. Money is life. Once upon a time freedom used to be life-now it's money. I guess the world really do change ." Thus, Change can rightly be called one of the themes of the play.
Another major theme of the play is the concept of 'dream'. ...
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