A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry
A Raisin in the Sun Theme of Choices
Individuals in A Raisin in the Sun frequently assert their right to make choices without consulting other family members. Ruth decides to put a down payment on the abortion of unborn new child without telling anyone. Lena decides to spend $3500 on a house for her family in a white neighborhood, also without consulting anyone. Walter decides to invest in a liquor store over the objections of his family, and Beneatha faces a choice between marrying for financial stability or marrying for socio-political reasons. All of these choices ultimately follow a money-versus-principle paradigm, which culminates in the play’s final scene, where principle wins.
Questions About Choices
- How are choices made in this family?
- Which do you consider to be the good choices in the play? Bad choices?
- What are the most important factors determining characters’ choices?
Chew on This
For the characters in A Raisin in the Sun, money is the most important factor in determining a decision.
For the characters in A Raisin in the Sun, pride overrules money when making a decision.