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A Raisin In The Sun Essay

752 words - 4 pages

A Raisin in the Sun
Ronald Peltier

A Raisin in the Sun
“A Raisin in the Sun” is a short story about a struggling African-American family. The main characters include Lena Younger, also referred to as Mama, who is a strong, proud woman who has raised a family in a crowded apartment on the South Side of Chicago. Her son, Walter Lee, works as a chauffeur. He is intelligent and ambitious, but impulsive, and often quickly angered. He desperately wants to get ahead in a world that he feels offers him few opportunities. His wife, Ruth, does domestic work to help make ends meet and watches over their son Travis. Younger daughter Beneatha is a college student who wants to become a ...view middle of the document...

The cramped and claustrophobic apartment set the stage for the entire story and is in many ways a symbol of the entire story. It is old, ragged, and in need of change, much like the family that occupies it. The entire story plays on symbolism. One example of this is the little grape plant that Lena is trying to nurse back to health. The plant can be seen as a symbol for her family that is in need of sunlight and love to rejuvenate it back to health. Another symbol is Lena’s gardening tools, which can be seen as a representation of herself in that they are old, worn, and beaten but in the right hands can fix any problem that is thrown their way.
The entire story, in many ways, is full of ways for one’s imagination to look beyond the story and see the hidden meanings below the surface of what is going on. The author does this by giving just enough information in the scene to allow readers to get a small picture of the setting while allowing them to inject their own thoughts of how things might look in the actual scene. The vagueness of this style...

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