full title · A Raisin in the Sun
author · Lorraine Hansberry
type of work · Play
genre · Realist drama
language · English
time and place written · 1950s, New York
date of first performance · 1959
date of first publication · 1959
publisher · Random House
tone · Realistic
setting (time) · Between 1945 and 1959
setting (place) · The South Side of Chicago
protagonist · Walter Lee Younger
major conflict · The Youngers, a working-class black family, struggle against economic hardship and racial prejudice.
rising action · Ruth discovers that she is pregnant; Mama makes a down payment on a house; Mama gives Walter the remaining insurance money; Walter invests the money in the liquor store venture.
climax · Bobo tells the Youngers that Willy has run off with all of Walter’s invested insurance money; Asagai makes Beneatha realize that she is not as independent as she thinks.
falling action · Walter refuses Mr. Lindner’s offer to not move; the Youngers move out of the apartment to their new house in the white neighborhood; Beneatha finds new strength in Asagai.
themes · The value and purpose of dreams, the need to fight racial discrimination, the importance of family
motifs · Racial identity, the home
symbols · “Eat your eggs,” Mama’s plant, Beneatha’s hair
foreshadowing · Mrs. Johnson’s news that a black family’s house has been bombed foreshadows the objections that the Clybourne Park Improvement Association will raise to the idea of the Youngers moving in; Walter’s hints to Travis that he is investing the insurance money foreshadow the disappearance of the money.
"The other family members strongly disagree with Walter’s decision to accept Mr. Lindner’s buyout, but Walter, standing firm, decides that he will take control of the situation" is wrong. He doesn't wish to accept the offer, as you say in your Analysis of Major Characters: "Walter finally becomes a man when he stands up to Mr. Lindner and refuses the money that Mr. Lindner offers the family not to move in to its dream house in a white neighborhood." Please amend this.
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