Similes In A Raisin In The Sun

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A Raisin in the Sun Essay A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry tells the story of the Youngers, a family of lower class blacks who are trying to move up in the world. They are given an opportunity to do so when the grandfather’s inheritance is the sent in the mail. However, each family member has a separate agenda for the money they will receive. The play gets its title from the poem “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes. In the poem, Hughes asks what happens to a dream deferred and one of the theories he proposes says, “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?”. Each of the similes detailed in the poem correlate with a character from the play. Ruth is the wife of Walter Lee, the son of the man who died, and represents the simile which states, “Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.” This description is most clearly
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Early on in the play, when Beneatha hears that Ruth is pregnant, her initial reaction is one of indignation. She tries to convince Ruth that they can’t provide for another child. At the climax of the conversation, Ruth says, “Mind your own business.” to which Beneatha replies, “It is my business-where is he going to live, on the roof?”. At that point, Beneatha realizes the harm of her words and tries to apologize to Ruth. Regardless, Beneatha states what Ruth was already thinking and puts pressure on her to make a decision. At this point and others in the play, Ruth becomes worn down by the constant demands her family has of her. Later in that conversation with Beneatha, Ruth starts to cry heavily. This displays Ruth’s weak emotional state and adds greatly to the simile of her sagging like a heavy load. Mama, unlike Beneatha, is the only character in the play who actually listens to Ruth and supports her most of the time. However, Ruth still has mental and physical languor when she talks with
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