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A Raisin in the Sun Analysis Assignment

Purpose:

  • to read A Raisin in the Sun using active reading
  • to practice critical thinking through the use of analysis and synthesis

Task to Complete:

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  • Answer the 8 response items in the next section.
  • Your work must contain your own ideas and words, not ones borrowed  from other sources such as database articles, teacher resources,  websites, etc.  Your work is automatically subjected to a plagiarism  check when you submit it.  If you submit your work early and need to  make changes due to the plagiarism check, make them and resubmit your  work before the deadline.
  • If you wish to include a quotation from the drama as part of a response, you may.  Place quotation marks around it.

Response Items:

  1. Explain the significance of Asagai’s nickname for Beneatha on page 963.
  2. Explain the type of relationship that Beneatha has with George  Murchison. When responding, consider selected lines on pages 954-955 and  on page 982.
  3. Explain the significance of Mama’s plant. When responding, consider selected lines on pages 948 and 994.
  4. On page 951,  Mama tells Ruth about her and her late husband’s dream to own a house;  on pages 977-978, Ruth reminds Walter of their dream to own a house.  These dreams represent a similarity between the two women.  Explain what  that similarity is.  When responding, consider the poem which appears  at the beginning of the drama on page 936.
  5. During George  Murchison’s visit on pages 972-976, Walter resorts to lies and outright  hostility towards George. Explain why Walter reacts this way in George’s  presence.
  6. On page 976,  when George Murchison leaves, he exclaims to Walter, “Good night,  Prometheus.” Explain the significance of this reference.  Consider the  note at the bottom of page 976, and, if necessary, access a credible  Website for additional information about Prometheus.
  7. Some  individuals view Asagai as a sexist, whereas others do not. Explain if  you do or do not view him as a sexist.  Consider comments that he makes  on pages 960-963 and on pages 1000-1004.
  8. The characters  in this drama have various dreams. On pages 990-991, Karl Lindner  presents the dreams of the residents of Clybourne Park.  Explain if  those dreams are or are not similar to those of the Youngers.

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