A Raisin in the Sun (1961) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Walter Lee Younger is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall...

    - Written by Greg Bruno <burlynerd@usa.net>
  • Givng us entitled whites some insight into what must be an infuriating wall of denial and obstructions to the 'good life' in the United States, "Raisin in the Sun" also shows us the dreams and ways to realize the same thing. What is especially symbolic is the overlay of hypocrisy represented by the white "Neighborhood Outreach", which attempts to persuade the Younger family that "you would be happier with your own kind". The author allows you to think the young protagonist is headed for the ruin that so many from the Southside and the South come to, until something called 'pride' kicks in.

    - Written by Alice Copeland Brown
  • A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

    - Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>


The Younger family consists of Mama and her college-age daughter Beneatha, her son Walter and his wife Ruth...

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