A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry
A Raisin in the Sun Theme of Dreams, Hopes, and Plans
In A Raisin in the Sun, the Younger family is given an opportunity to actualize its various dreams, hopes, and plans when a $10,000 check comes in the mail. The play explores the complications inherent in turning dreams into reality. In particular, A Raisin in the Sun creates a situation where the Younger family is asked to put its dreams on hold in exchange for money, setting up the play’s central conflict.
Questions About Dreams, Hopes, and Plans
- In "What’s Up with the Title?" and "What’s Up with the Epigraph?" we give our analysis of Hansberry’s use of the Langston Hughes poem. What’s your analysis? Why "a raisin in the sun"?
- Is there a possibility that any of the deferred dreams in A Raisin in the Sun will explode, as so eloquently described in the epigraph?
- What is Mama’s dream for the family? How is it different or similar to Walter’s dream for the family?
Chew on This
At its core, A Raisin in the Sun is a family drama about the importance of sharing a collective dream.
In A Raisin in the Sun, dreams are kept alive for the benefit of the younger generation.