Raisin in the Sun
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By: Baye, Ella, Emily

The theme stated in the play, Raisin in the Sun, the poem, Harlem, and in the short story, The Milkmaid and Her Pail, all have the thematic idea of making realistic dreams with having family values present in hindsight. The main theme all around is making dreams that you know are logical and can realistically come to life.

Drama Analysis

  •   Essentially about dreams, as the main characters struggle to deal with the oppressive circumstances that rule their lives
  • Every member of the Younger family has a separate, individual dream
  • Beneatha wants to become a doctor
  • Walter wants to have money so that he can afford things for his family
  • The Youngers struggle to attain these dreams throughout the play, and much of their happiness and depression is directly related to their attainment of, or failure to attain, these dreams
  • End of the play: they all learn that the dream of a house is the most important dream because it unites the family.
  • They come to the realization to set free the dreams that control their lives



                                                               By: Langston Hughes

                                                What happens to a dream deferred?

                                                 Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?

                                                  Or fester like a sore— And then run?

                                                        Does it stink like rotten meat?

                                        Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet?

                                                  Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.

                                                              Or does it explode?

  • He wrote about dreams that were forgotten or put off. He wonders whether those dreams shrivel up “like a raisin in the sun.”
  • Both the poem and play were written during the 1950's in a time when African Americans wanted a fair life, but their dreams were unrealistic for the time period
  • The literary criticism points out how the poem is like a dream that is waiting to be thrown away  and that the reason that the dreams are there is to renew strength and this results in a dream that is alive and refuses to be put away
  • It serves as evidence of the theme because it explains how dreams were often unattainable due to the prejudice in society towards African Americans

Short Story:
The Milkmaid and Her Pail

  • It is about a milkmaid that has big dreams for herself on how to use the money she will get from the milk
  • However, the milkmaid drops her pail, and she quickly loses her dreams and she learns to make dreams that are actually achievable
  • The literary criticism points out that you shouldn't "put all of your eggs in one basket" and that you cannot put all of your worth into one dream, but to result in a dream that is realistic in nature
  • Also, in that time period, it portrays that poor women having big aspirations of wealth in the future--is unrealistic
  • It serves as evidence to the theme because it portrays a milkmaid that has unrealistic dreams. It shows that you should make realistic dreams that are logical


Poem: Hughes, Langston. "Poetry Analysis: 'Dream Deferred' by Langston Hughes."Epoch                 Times. Arthur Christopher Schaper, 5 Sep. 2012. Web. 28 May 2014.

Short Story: "The Milkmaid and Her Pail." Aesop's Fables. University of Massachusetts Amherst, n.d.        Web. 29 May 2014.

"What Is the Moral of the Fable "The Milkmaid and Her Pail"?Quelle Est La Morale De           La Fable Homework Help - ENotes.com." Enotes.com. Enotes.com, n.d. Web. 29 May       2014.

Pictures: Scott, Rob. GTA Will Bring Dreams to Stage in February. Digital image.News@UNG.            N.p., 6 Feb. 2013. Web. <http://ung.edu/news/articles/2013/02/gta-will-bring-                dreams-to-stage-in-february.php>.

Strohl, Daniel. Harlem, 1949. Digital image. Hemmings Daily. N.p., 28 Jan. 2013. Web.      <http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2013/01/28/harlem-1949/>.

Kar, Ajit Kumar. My Little Story-2: Don't Count Your Chickens before They Are                         Hatched. Digital image. Bal Mukund Project. N.p., 25 Aug. 2011. Web.                                   <http://balmukundyoga.blogspot.com/>.

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