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A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

  

by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun Suffering Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #1

Weariness has, in fact, won in this room. Everything has been polished, washed, sat on, used, scrubbed too often. All pretenses but living itself have long since vanished from the very atmosphere of this room. (1.1.stage directions)

The worn-down fighting spirit of the Younger family is represented in the set onstage. The room definitely reflects the hard times that the Youngers have faced over the years.

Quote #2

The sole natural light the family may enjoy in the course of a day is only that which fights its way through this little window. (1.1.stage directions)

The Younger apartment barely gets any sunlight at all. This seems to parallel the dreary condition of their lives.

Quote #3

RUTH
(Wearily) Honey, you never say nothing new. I listen to you every day, every night and every morning, and you never say nothing new. (Shrugging) So you would rather be Mr. Arnold than be his chauffeur. So – I would rather be living in Buckingham Palace. (1.1.90)

Ruth is weary from hearing her husband have the same complaints and the same half-thought-out idea to fix their troubles. The family's suffering has really put a strain on their relationship.

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