In: Novels. Outline Thesis Statement: One of the major themes of "A Raisin in the Sun" is the devaluation of capitalism as a measure for success and its replacement by family pride. Walter Lee is obsessed with obtaining money from the very beginning of the play. His very happiness depends on success, and he measures this in wealth. He longs to be successful. Money is the only means of being successful or obtaining success.
The Help takes place in the s. Skeeter Phelan is a recent graduate from college with a degree in writing. Elaine Stein is a publisher in New York who Skeeter tries to launch her book idea to. Skeeter Phelan interviews the maids in Jackson, Mississippi to show the discrimination shown towards them by the families that hire them.
In literature, as in life, a character may search for a better way of life. Show how two characters from A Raisin in the Sun are searching for a better way of life. Explain what each character is hoping to gain through this search and discuss the ways in which each character attempts to bring about a change in his or her life. Discuss the ways in which the setting of Raisin has a profound effect upon two of the characters.
A Raisin in the Sun Authors that have written American classics tend to incorporate the prevalent social and economic issues of the 20th century. Walter is blinded by ignorance and fails to achieve success because American society safeguards the inner wealth that they want the white male to obtain. Walter is physically and emotionally drained and this is his breaking point, he finally realizes that society triumphs over one individual when society is being invaded by a new set of influential figures that try to step to the forefront and become one of their leaders. Lena Younger, Ruth, and Beneatha.