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A Raisin in the Sun


A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry


  • Setting: 1950s, Chicago
  • Main Characters:
    • Walter Lee Younger: A chauffeur with dreams of owning a business
    • Lena Younger (Mama): The matriarch, deeply values family and dreams of a better home
    • Beneatha Younger: Walter's sister, aspiring to become a doctor
    • Ruth Younger: Walter's wife, struggling with her own desires and family responsibilities
    • Travis Younger: Walter and Ruth's young son

Plot Overview

  • The Younger family receives a $10,000 life insurance check after the father's death.
  • Walter Lee wants to invest in a liquor store, aiming for financial independence.
  • Mama dreams of buying a house, offering stability and fulfillment of a long-held dream.
  • Beneatha, funded by Mama, aims for medical school, seeking to break racial and gender barriers.
  • Tensions arise as each family member's dreams conflict.
  • The family faces racial prejudice when they plan to move to a white neighborhood.
  • The play ends with the family moving out, embracing an uncertain but hopeful future.


  • Race and Discrimination: Highlights the struggles of African Americans in a segregated society.
  • Dreams and Aspirations: Each character's dream reflects personal ambitions and societal limitations.
  • Family and Sacrifice: Portrays the complexity of family dynamics and the sacrifices made for each other.


"A Raisin in the Sun" is a poignant exploration of dreams, race, and family in mid-20th century America. The play remains a powerful commentary on societal challenges and personal resilience.