A Search For Hope And Meaning

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The play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is systematically divided into three distinct progressions all of which vividly portray its ultimate theme. The first part of the play reveals the many different dreams that the various different family members have with the 10,000 dollar inheritance. Walter dreams of starting a liquor store. Beneatha dreams of going to medical school and Mama dreams of buying a new house. The second part of the play speaks about the loss of the family money and the loss of hope over their dreams. Finally, the third part is about the perseverance of the family even through their terrible hardship and their fight for pride even in the hardest of times. ...view middle of the document...

Beneatha describes life as a marching circle (Hansberry, 1635). The parable being, that a person can envision and dream the grandest of possibilities, however, at the end of it all, he will end up right back where he started (1635).
Fighting for hope and one’s dreams is the underlying theme of the play. This can be seen throughout the play from the dialogues between Mama and Ruth, between Walter and Ruth, and from the dialogue between Beneatha and Asagai. In each of these dialogues throughout the play there is an idealist and there is a so called “realist” who refuses to see possibility and change (1635). Joseph Asagai says to Beneatha that the circle you speak of is in fact an open line where an endless number of possibilities are attainable (1635). This argument between Beneatha and Asagai helps illustrate this theme that is underlying the entire play.
Another example of this is at the end of the play. At the end of the play Walter realizes that he has caused his family a great loss and reluctantly calls Mr. Lindner to tell him that he will in fact accept his offer for the house. When Mama hears about this she is outraged. She tells Walter that she came from five generations of slaves and yet, no one in her family ever sank so low that they would accept money in place of their dignity (1640.) She yells at him and says, “We ain’t never been that dead inside” (1640).
After the true meaning of the dispute between Beneatha and Asagai becomes clear, the underlying meaning of...

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