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Themes and Motifs A Raisin in the Sun is essentially about dreams as the main characters struggle to deal with the oppressive circumstances that rule their lives The title of the play references a conjecture that Langston Hughes famously posed in a poem he wrote about dreams that were forgotten or put off He wonders whether those dreams shrivel up like a raisin in the sun Every member of the Younger family has a separate individual dream--Beneatha wants to become a doctor for example and Walter wants to have money so that he can afford things for his family The Youngers struggle to attain these dreams throughout the play and much of their happiness and depression is directly related to their attainment of or failure to attain these dreams By the end of the play they learn that the dream of a house is the most important dream because it unites the family The Need to Fight Racial Discrimination The character of Mr Lindner makes the theme of racial discrimination prominent in the plot as an issue that the Youngers cannot avoid The governing body of the Youngers new neighborhood the Clybourne Park Improvement Association sends Mr Lindner to persuade them not to move into the all-white Clybourne Park neighborhood Mr Lindner and the people he represents can only see the color of the Younger familys skin and his offer to bribe the -Youngers to keep them from moving threatens to tear apart the Younger family and the values for which it stands Ultimately the Youngers respond to this discrimination with defiance and strength The play powerfully demonstrates that the way to deal with discrimination is to stand up to it and reassert ones dignity in the face of it rather than allow it to pass unchecked The Importance of Family The Youngers struggle socially and economically throughout the play but unite in the end to realize their dream of buying a house Mama strongly
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