a Raisin in the Sun

Yes, I wrote “a Raisin in the Sun” , a story and a play about a black Chicago family. The time I am considering what the name is given to this play, I came up with many possibilities. It can be either a rising sun or a squeezed grape or something else. Anyway, the present title is the best one that combine both ideas and so I believe it will be a good one that stands for the voice of African Americans.

The rising sun is metaphor of describing the hope of African family. Walter is dying to own a liquor store to earn money, to be able to buy pearls to his wife. Beneatha want to become a doctor. Mama also want to fulfill her dream of having a fair and neat garden within a cool house to live in. They all have dreams and they all want to rise above. Though, Lindner, a representative of Clybourne Park Improvement Association ask them not to move in and dirty up the white neighborhood, Walter rejects this suggestion and this black family tries hard to adapt to whites and be a nice neighbor.

A squeezed grape is referring to “the takers and the tooken” theory from Walter. The smartest person is the one who knows how to take things away from other people and gain more benefits. The grape is juicy and the takers are the ones who squeeze the grape who take the tasty juice from grape. Walter’s family was a grape, but it became a raisin instead because of the unacceptable from whites and the financial difficulties. This African-American family doesn’t feel being a raisin is not as good as grape. They want to be a good raisin and knows there will be some more obstacles in the future.

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About Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller can be found running and cycling the streets and suburbs of Boston, taking long sojourns in rare book archives whenever he can. He teaches English at UMass Boston, serves as Book Review Editor for Arthuriana, and writes about digital pedagogy, open access publishing, and medieval literature.

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