Raisin In The Sun.docx - Raisin in the Sun Essay Throughout the play Mama takes care of a small plant that she keeps by a window This plant is very

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Raisin in the Sun Essay Throughout the play, Mama takes care of a small plant that she keeps by a window. This plant is very important to her and it symbolizes her characteristics, the family's circumstance, and the growth of a dream. In scene 1 of Act 1, she constantly goes over to the, "window, opens it and brings in a feeble little plant growing doggedly in a small pot on the windowsill ... feels the dirt and," sprinkles a little water on it (43). Her care for her plant shows her characteristic of doing the best she can to nourish her family so that they can have a better life despite their current circumstances. The plant also represents the family's circumstances of struggling to survive in an unfavorable environment that lacks much needed resources. Circumstances such as the lack of money, family tensions, and prejudice has slump the family's growth just as the lack of sunlight has weakened the plant causing it to slump over. Throughout all three scenes, as tensions rise over an argument between Ruth and Walter,
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Unformatted text preview: Mama fears that the dream she had for the family may die or never sprout again. She fears this because the family's issues will cause the family to separate. This can be seen in scene 3 after Walter loses the money and when Beneatha says that Walter, "is no brother of mine," and argues that, "there is nothing left to love," about him (144). Mama's says, " if this little old plant don’t get more sun than it’s been getting it ain’t never going to see spring again" (43). In the figurative sense, the sun is a need for the plant or dream to grow. This shows Mama's characteristic of being concerned about the future and holding on to her dream. Therefore, the significance of having Mama returning to the empty apartment to grab her plant is to symbolize her characteristic of commitment to persevering her dream as the family faces new circumstances....
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