A Raisin in the Sun Themes

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  • Themes
    • Dreams
      • Walter dreams of wealth and providing for his family
        • Deferred by lack of money and opportunity
          • Mama and Ruth dream of a happy, united family
          • Beneatha dreams of education and independence
      • Mama and Ruth dream of a happy, united family
      • Beneatha dreams of education and independence
    • Feminism
      • Beneatha is independent and ambitious
        • Dreams of becoming a doctor
        • Does not see any need to get married
      • Mama still holds on to old traditions
        • Wants a man (Walter) as head of the household
      • Ruth does not want Walter to walk all over her anymore
    • Race
      • Lindner offers them money because they don't want black people in their white community
        • Made to feel unwanted
        • Even though racism is not as physical anymore, it is still present
      • Revolutionary way of portraying black people- realistic, not comedic or stereotypical
    • Identity
      • Beneatha wants to find her African heritage
        • Supported by Asagai, criticised by George
      • Difficult to identify as American when the people do not want you
    • Family
      • Family's pride cannot be sold
      • Youngers always stand by each other
    • Money
      • Thought to be the root of their problems
        • Discover that love and pride is more important
      • Controls Walter's life
        • Walter says 'money is life'
      • Reason most of their dreams don't some true

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