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Lorraine Hansberry

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A Raisin in the Sun | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Friday morning

    Walter, Mama, Ruth, and Beneatha discuss plans for the money.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Saturday morning

    Ruth reveals her pregnancy to Mama and Beneatha.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Saturday morning

    The check arrives.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Saturday, later

    Mama purchases the house and tells the family.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Friday, weeks later

    Mama gives Walter the rest of the money.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Move day, one week later

    Karl Lindner visits and offers the family a buyout.

    Act 2, Scene 3
  • Move day, early

    Bobo visits and tells Walter the remaining money has been stolen.

    Act 2, Scene 3
  • Move day, later

    Asagai invites Beneatha to come to Africa.

    Act 3
  • Move day, later

    Walter tells Lindner the Youngers plan to move into their house.

    Act 3

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Act 1, Scene 1 On Friday morning at 7:30, Ruth Younger awakens in the Youngers' small apartment. Although the apartment was originally ... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 Mama and Beneatha are cleaning the house on Saturday morning. Ruth is at the doctor's office, and Mama suspects why but ... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 On Saturday evening of the same day Ruth is ironing when Beneatha emerges from her bedroom in full Nigerian costume. Ben... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 It's Friday night, a few weeks after Mama purchased the house, and the apartment is full of packing crates. Beneatha and... Read More
Act 2, Scene 3 On Saturday, moving day, a week after the last scene, a happy Ruth is finishing the packing. She and Beneatha talk enthu... Read More
Act 3 An hour has passed since the events of the last act. The family's sitting silently when Asagai comes to the door, cheerf... Read More
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