A Raisin in the Sun Themes and Symbols

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A Raisin in the Sun Lesson Plans

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

Set in Chicago in the 1950s, A Raisin in the Sun is about the members of the Younger family, an African American family, who each have big dreams of what to do with the life insurance money they will soon receive from Big Walter’s passing. Engage students with premade activities and lessons from Storyboard That!

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A Raisin in the Sun Themes and symbols by Lorraine Hansberry

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  • Mama's little plant is a joke in the family, but to her, it represents that possibility of sunlight and happiness one day. It is the American Dream; a house of her own with a yard of her own, where her grandchildren can grow up having more than she had. It is also the hope that she has for her family to come together.
  • Beneatha’s hair reflects her struggle with identity. When Asagai teases her about "mutilating" her hair, Beneatha sees a change that can allow her to understand, define, and set herself apart from what she sees as an African culture that has been forced to assimilate to American society.
  • The Money represents the Younger family's hopes and dreams. Walter’s dream of financial independence; Mama’s dream of owning something real; Beneatha’s dream of medical school; and Ruth’s dream of a family where her children can grow and flourish. The money also represents of the death of Big Walter, who will never realize his own dreams.
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