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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:37am.

Can someone please read over my essay and take note of any errors or suggested revisions? Thanks.

The title of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun represents the dreams of the characters in the play and how they become crushed. At the beginning of the play, Walter explains his dream to his wife, saying “You see, this little liquor store we got in mind cost seventy-five thousand” (33). Walter’s dream represents a plump raisin because in his mind it has potential. He constantly thinks about it, waiting for the insurance check that will help him fulfill his dream. In addition, Walter’s mom has a dream, saying, “Been thinking that we maybe could meet the notes on a little old two-story somewhere, which a yard where Travis could play” (44). Mama’s dream also symbolizes a raisin, but her “raisin” competes with Walter’s “raisin” for the insurance money. This foreshadows a problem between the two characters. Toward the end of the play, Walter admits his loss of the insurance money, saying, “Yessss! All of it… It’s all gone…” (129). Because of Walter, everyone’s dreams are crushed, suggesting raisins drying up in the sun. As the raisin dries up, the chance of the dream’s fulfillment lowers, forcing the family to work harder to “repair” the raisin and restore their dream. In summary, the title of Lorrain Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun signifies the effect of deferred dreams and that dreams may not always turn out as one would expect.

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