A. Introduction • Lorraine Hansberry was inspired by Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman—she wanted to show the struggles of another type of American family
A. Introduction • Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem” and its question What happens to s dream deferred?
B. Major Themes • Dreams a. The American Dream b. Walter’s Dream 1. 2. 3.
B. Major Themes c. Bennie’s Dream 1. 2. d. Momma’s Dream (and somewhat, Ruth’s Dream) 1. 2. 3.
B. Major Themes • The Importance of Family a. b. c. d. e.
B. Major Themes • The importance of Money a. b.
B. Major Themes c. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Self Actualization Psychological Needs—Love and Work Physical Needs
B. Major Themes • Race and Racism a. b. c. d.
C. Characters • Momma 2. Walter
C. Characters • Bennie • Ruth
C. Characters • Travis • George Murcheson 7. Joseph Asaigi 8. Mr. Linder
D. Setting • Chicago • The apartment
E. Symbolism and Techniques • The $10,000 • The apartment • The plant • The new house • Beneatha’s hair
F. Conclusion • Final thoughts on Raisin in the Sun, Race, and America • What makes Raisin in the Sun great?