Critical Analysis of a Raisin in the Sun

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Critical Analysis of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry is a book about the Youngers, a family living on the south side of Chicago between 1945 and 1959. Throughout the work the family deals with the struggles of poverty, racial discrimination and their dreams of having a better life. Although the time frame of this book has a large impact on the family’s struggles, the importance of family takes a leading role in creating the main theme of the story. This central issue is expressed by using symbols, obstacles and major conflicts. Family is the basic social unit. Family represents people living together by ties of marriage, blood or adaptation, thus representing a single household. An individual’s outcome is directly affected by the household he or she is brought up in. This is evident when Ruth was contemplating aborting her baby. If it was not for Mama convincing Ruth's husband, Walter to talk to Ruth, the baby would have been aborted. “Your wife say she going to destroy your child. And I’m waiting to hear you talk like him and say we a people who give children life, not who destroys them—(She rises) I’m waiting to see you stand up and look like your daddy and say we done give up one baby to poverty and that we ain’t going to give up nary another one … I’m waiting.” The importance of family is prevalent in that situation and throughout the novel. Individuals get their morals from their family. Growing up the family is what validates what’s normal, what’s right or wrong, and what is expected. Family is the foundation of character. Society benefits from the importance of family because when a family instills positive values in an individual, that individual will be a productive asset to society. On the contrary, when an individual is raised in a situation that hinders productivity, he or she will more than likely be a detriment to society. This is shown in the novel when Mama is explaining that in her mother’s...
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