1. Each of the characters in the Younger family has a particular individual dream. One wants to move to a bigger home, one wants to attend medical school, one wants to rise above his conditions though does not necessarily have a plan to do so. Write an essay in which you compare and contrast the functions of dreams in A Raisin in the Sun. Consider whether there was a way to make each individual dream compatible with others’ dreams. If so, explain why the characters did not identify this alternative. Use examples from the texts along with 2 outside sources to support your thesis.
2. As we discussed in class, it can be said that each of the three female characters (Beneatha, Ruth and Mama) represent three women at different spectrums of their lives. Explain how they differ by finding examples in the text. Use examples from the texts along with 2 outside sources to support your thesis.
3. The title of Hansberry’s play makes a direct reference to the Langston Hughes poem, “A Dream Deferred.” “What happens to a dream deferred?” asked Hughes. “Does it shrivel up like a raisin in the sun?” Consider the conclusion of A Raisin in the Sun—or lack of one—and write a persuasive essay on A Raisin in the Sun in which you attempt to convince the reader that Hansberry does or does not answer Hughes’s question through the actions of her play. Explain the significance of the
4. Pick a character and explain why he or she is main character in the play.
• Your introduction should include: 1) Title and authors of primary (stories we have read in class) texts
• Your thesis (Which depends on the question you write about from above)
• Never end a paragraph with a quote.
• Cite outside sources within in your text; if it appears on your works cited page it has to be used in the paper (direct quotes or paraphrasing).
• Always keep in mind: is this quote proving and supporting my thesis? If not, do not use it! – THE PAPER WILL FAIL WITHOUT TWO OUTSIDE SOURCES, A WORKS CITED PAGE, AND FAILING TO QUOTE THE PRIMARY TEXT (http://azactorsacademy.com/uploads/plays/a_raisin_in_the_sun.pdf). An example from my professor of citing dialogue between two characters is provided below– Early on in the play “A Raisin in the Sun,” Walter explodes when Ruth refuses to listen to his ideas: RUTH. Eat your eggs, Walter. WALTER. (Slams the table and jumps up) –DAMN MY EGGS–DAMN ALL THE EGGS THAT EVER WAS! RUTH. Then go to work. WALTER. (Looking up at her) See–I’m trying to talk to you ‘bout myself–(Shaking his head with the repetition)–and all you can say is eat them eggs and go to work. (34)