March 19, 2009
A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, depicts the lives and struggles of an African American family living in a poor part of Chicago during the late 1950’s. These struggles include racial discrimination, lack of money and difficult living arrangements. Many themes are evident throughout this story, and are shown through the Younger family’s struggles. However, one theme stands out throughout the entire novel. The Younger family’s actions show that they believe that despite poor living conditions, hope can still be found. Certain items in the story that seem irreverent, symbolize hope. These items are the small window in the living room of their small apartment, and Mama’s plant. Mama, the grandmother of the family, is the most hopeful and helps to hold the family together.
In A Raisin in the Sun, some objects throughout the book symbolize hope. One thing that symbolizes hope in the book is the one window in the apartment. The apartment is described as being dark, small and depressing. The once stylish furniture is now worn and torn, despite the efforts of the family to cover the rips. The only natural light that brightens the whole apartment shines through a small window in the living room. This symbolizes hope because although the small, dark room is depressing, the light shows that not everything is so bad. It shows that even if it feels as though you are in the dark and cannot find your way out, there is always a way out. In a way, the light shinning through the window also serves as a “light at the end of the tunnel.” This is important for the family because it shows that they will eventually be able to have good living conditions.
Another thing that symbolizes hope in A Raisin in the Sun is Mama’s plant. Mama has a plant that she has been growing for a while. It is healthy and when Mama and her family moves to Clybourne Park she takes the plant with her. When the Younger family moves into...