A Raisin in the Sun Review 3
A Raisin in the Sun is one of the best works of Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, in which, through a black household, the Youngers, she speaks about essential issues such as hardship, gender and racial discrimination. Hansberry’s play focuses generally on the dreams of the primary characters, which inspires them. The title? A Raisin in the Sun’ has been taken from the poem “Montage of a Dream Postponed” written by Langston Hughes in which he talks about the consequences when dreams are postponed for later. The title is suitable for Hansberry’s play because it demonstrates how? eferred dreams’ of the Younger family shrivel up like? a raisin in the sun’ causing disillusionment and leaving very little expect the future. The Younger household consists of Lena Younger, who is the head of the household; Beneatha, Lena’s child; Walter, Lena’s son; Ruth, better half of Walter; Travis, Walter and Ruth’s boy. Other than the Younger family, Joseph Asagai shown as Beneatha’s Nigerian friend likewise has an important function in the play. Each of the members in Younger family has their own private dreams.
Throughout the play, their happiness and unhappiness depends upon how successful they remain in attaining their particular dreams. Walter Lee is shown as a common African-American guy who has a hard time and works hard to support his family and often creates different concepts and schemes, which would make him rich in no time and will enhance the life of his household. One such scheme was to invest cash, from the departed Mr. Younger’s life insurance policy, in an alcohol store with his good friends. When he tells Ruth about his strategies over breakfast, Ruth completely neglects and informs him “eat your eggs” over and over again.
This annoys Walter and he informs her how each time a man dreams to attain something in life & & a female avoids him by informing him to eat his eggs. Being quiet and eating one’s eggs represents an approval of the misfortune that Walter and the rest of the Youngers face in life. He believes that it is the black women who keep the black guys from accomplishing their dreams and he argues that Ruth must be more supportive of him. Walter believes that “cash is life” which it will bring an end to all the suffering his household is struggling with.
He determines the success of a man by the quantity of cash and belongings he has. Walter has actually worked as a driver most of his life and feels bound to his job and his family’s financial difficulty, which frustrates him. He dreams to live a life that all the abundant individuals lived and took pleasure in, like individuals he serviced. He also imagines having a more caring relationship with his better half, considering that they seem to drift away from each other due to demanding circumstances. And he wants to make so much cash that his child can select from amongst the best colleges when he turns seventeen.
Unlike Walter, Mom, that is, Lena Younger, believes that money is just a method to an end which dreams are more vital than product wealth. She dreams to own a home with a garden and a big backyard in which Travis can play. Ever since she and her partner moved into the rented house that the Youngers still live in, her dream has actually been postponed. This dream kept her encouraged to strive and generate income however no matter just how much she and her spouse tried, they might not make adequate cash to fulfill their dream.
The insurance coverage cash that she got due to the death of her partner gave Mother a hope and opportunity to understand her dream. Mother strongly believes in the significance of family, and she tries to teach this worth to her household as she struggles to keep them together and working. Throughout the play, Mom makes sure and supports her plant, which she is really keen on. The plant represents both Mama’s genuine love and care, and her dream for her household. Despite the fact that the plant is not able to get enough light or water, the plant is healthy under her care.
This represents her love and unending take care of her household, which keeps them united even in tough times. The plant also symbolizes her deferred dream to own a home and a garden in which she can practice her gardening skills. Her commitment towards the plant gives her the hope that her dream might come true some day. Ruth, like Mother, dreams to have a happy family and believes that relocating to a bigger and better place will assist her accomplish her dream. Ruth’s dream is likewise postponed due to hardship and domestic difficulties.
Through the character of Beneatha, Hansberry tries to tell the audience that women need to be more career-oriented instead of putting their dreams aside and devoting their whole life as housewives. Beneatha is shown as an independent girl who strongly desires to become a physician and help treat the sick. She dates two men with totally various mindsets; George Murchison who is abundant and arrogant and offers no importance to his heritage, and Joseph Asagai, a Nigerian, who wishes to teach and lead his people in Africa.
Beneatha determines far more with Asagai’s interest in finding his African roots than with George’s interest in taking in into white culture. Beneatha looks for her identity by looking back to the past and to Africa. Asagai greatly influences her. When he questions her regarding her aligned hair, it leaves her thinking. She cuts her hair to get a more natural and African look. By doing so she embraces her heritage and culture, and states that there should be no reason for a person to comply with the style of the dictating society.
Beneatha’s new hair is a symbol of her anti-assimilationist beliefs along with her desire to shape her identity by recalling to her roots in Africa. Asagai is happy to come from the African heritage and wishes to cause contemporary advancement in Nigeria to improve the life of his people. He influences Beneatha considerably in a favorable method, teaching her about her heritage. He informs her that she is not as independent as she believes she is considering that she needs to count on the insurance money for paying the fees of her medical school. He proposes Beneatha and asks her to get a medical degree and transfer to Africa with him.
He will teach and lead individuals, and she can practice medicine and aid take care of people. Asagai and his dream make it possible for Beneatha to find a new energy and to reshape a new dream for herself. Throughout the play, each member of the Younger household focuses only on their respective dreams. But by the end of the play they put the family dreams and wants before their own. Now they have one typical dream? that of owning a home, which will be very important for the household’s well-being and will keep them joined. They ultimately move out of their little over-crowded house, satisfying the family’s long-held dream.