Sample Analytical Paper Topics
These are topics on which you can write a substantial analytical paper. They are designed to test your understanding of major themes and details from the play as a whole. Following the topics are outlines you can use as a starting point for writing an analytical paper.
In thinking of the Langston Hughes poem from which the title of this play was taken, the key concept of dreams deferred comes to mind. Choose three characters in the play and state what their dreams are, including symbolism related to their dreams.
I. Thesis Statement: Mrs. Younger, Walter Lee, and Beneatha have cherished dreams. These dreams reveal a great deal about the nature of the characters’ longings which unjust societal expectations cannot destroy.
II. Mrs. Lena Younger’s dreams
A.Maintaining her family with dignity
1. Preserving the memory of the elder Mr. Younger
2. Enjoying a stable and secure family life
B. Having her own garden to tend to
1. The garden as representing aspirations held dear
2. The persistence of that which is valuable in the long run sprouting forth into the world also symbolized by this central metaphor
III. Walter Lee’s dreams
A. Material success
1. Prosperity for himself and his family, to be able to provide for them well
2. Not to be one of the “tooken” in life
B. Liquor business
1. Oblivion through alcohol, a defeatist dream, headed toward despair
2. An inversion of the “American Dream”
IV. Beneatha’s dreams
A. Medical school
1. Dedication to humanity’s ills symbolized
2. Hatred, prejudice, and violence cast as the world’s ailments
B. True love in marriage
1. Choosing not to marry rather than marry someone she does not feel understood by
2. Rejecting a conventional marriage based on wealth
V. Conclusion: The dreams of the Younger family show the power of positive aspirations in the face of overwhelming odds.
The references to Mr. Walter Younger, Sr. in the play make his presence felt to us, even though he is deceased when the play begins. Thinking of the personalities and character development of his grown children, what do you think Mr. Younger would have been proud of or would have disapproved of, if he had lived?
I. Thesis Statement: The elder Mr. Younger shared values and a vision with Mrs. Younger which would have been reflected in his pride or disappointment in his grown children.
II. Shared life with Mrs. Lena Younger
A. Desire for stable family life
B. Grief over lost baby
C. Commitment to providing for his family in the face of the world’s hostility to their survival
III. Walter Lee
A. Pride in fine family Walter heads
B. Pride in Walter’s steady employment
C. Disappointment and disapproval of Walter’s drinking
D. Disapproval of Walter’s liquor store schemes
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Essay on Dreams in A Raisin in the Sun
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Dreams in A Raisin in the Sun
Lena, Walter, Ruth, and Beneatha Younger all lived under the same roof, but their dreams were all different. Being the head of the household, Lena dreamed the dreams of her children and would do whatever it took to make those dreams come true. Walter, Lena's oldest son, set his dream on the liquor store that he planned to invest with the money of his mother. Beneatha, in the other hand, wanted to become a doctor when she got out of college and Ruth, Walter's wife, wanted to be wealthy. "A Raisin in the Sun" was a book about "dreams deferred", and in this book that Lorraine Hansberry had fluently described the dreams of the Younger family and how those…show more content…
Those were her dreams; they were so simple and ordinary but also were beautiful. She expected everybody to be delighted and surprised at the things she had done with the check and indeed, they did, except for Walter.
Walter was upset when he heard his mother had spent the insurance money on the house and thought it wasn't fair that Beneatha got some of it for her medical school while he got nothing for his liquor store business. Lena, who always wanted her son to be happy, trustingly gave the rest of the insurance money to Walter. Holding the money in his hands, Walter thanked his mother and appreciated the trust she had in him. Walter then gave the money to his buddies to help him getting his liquor license without realizing that they betrayed him. As his dream crumbled to pieces, Walter was regret that he didn't listen to his mother, wife and sister.
Ruth, Walter's wife, was pregnant when her husband was in a great despair. Although Walter lost the money and also her dream, Ruth forgave him and encouraged him to start everything over. Ruth, whose dream was to be wealthy and to have a fine family, calmly accepted the fact that her dream was only a dream. To her, it was a consolation that her husband had come back to reality after his unsuccessful dream.