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A Raisin in the Sun – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis – Celebrating Black History Month


Wut Wut WUT IT DO bruthas? It’s
black history month and this week we dreamin’ a dream wit A Raisin in
the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. It’s round 19-fiddy and da whole
Younger family crammed in to a stuffy two-bedroom apartment up in
the south side of Chi-town. Da man of da house, Walter strugglin to
stack change wit his scrub-ass job as a limo driver, and he barely
cuttin it. There’s hope that they might get
outta dat trap, tho, cuz Mama Younger bout to get PAID: her hubby
bit da big one, and now a phat insurance check fo’ 10 Gs is on
it’s way in da mail. Thing is, Walter actin’ a fool thinkin dat
money his- he wanna use it to open a licka sto’ wit some of his boys.
But Mama ain’t down wit dat devil’s bidness- She wanna use dem stacks
fo’ what really matter- sendin Walter’s sistah Beneatha to med
school, and buyin a house so Walter’s boy Travis can live his
life right, naw I’m sayin? Later, some brutha name Joseph
Asagai drop in to chop game at Beaneatha. He give Benny all sortsa
sh** fo actin’ white and not reppin her African heritage. So he throw
her some Nigerian threadz and call her a Yoruba word- Alaiyo. When dat check finally come, Walter
start fiendin fo’ those ends and mama gotta put him in his place
tellin him dat licka sto’ ain’t neva’ gonna happen.
sh** gets real when mama go on to tell him he best sit his ass down
and talk to his woman Ruth bout da abortion she thinkin bout havin’.
But when Walter don’t say nuthin, mama gets crunk on his ass and he
jus’ pick up his sh** and bounce. Then some rich busta named George
Murchinson come in to holla’ at Beneatha. Cept when he see her all
decked in African swag, he like “nah girl: go change.” Then Mama
swang in wit da most tho’d news eva: she put some money down on a
swoel crib in a hood called Clybourne Park. There’s just one
catch- it’s an all white neighborhood This fool get his nuts in a bunch when
Beneatha keep tryin to talk to him instead of just puttin’ out. He lay
it out real wit her: “Stop trippin girl, jus’ look good, and keep yo
mouth shut.” but afta realizin he ain’t gettin nowhere, he jus’ peace
out. Not long afta, the phone ring and
mama find out Walter been skippin work and walkin round town like an
emo piece o sh**. So mama decide to let him put on da big boy pants:
she toss him da rest o dat insurance money sayin dat as long
as he save 3Gs fo Benny’s schoolin, he can look afta’ da rest. Da whole family gettin’ geeked bout
movin to tha new spot when some honk-asaurus named Karl Linder come
to the door. He tell em da white folk of Clybourne park don’t want
no blacks movin in. He try and bribe em with some money but da
Youngers tell him where he can stick it. Things change when errybody get
word that Walter spent da rest of his daddy’s money on dat licka
store. Not only dat, but he got played by his business padna who
skipped town wit da cheddar. Now Beneatha cain’t go to med school
and da Youngers all cashed out AGAIN! Now dat errything lookin down,
Walter call up dat Linder honkie so he can take him up on dat cash. But
mama say “Look if you gonna bend ova’ fo da man, you gonn have to do
it in front of yo son.” Walter think long and hard bout if his
pride got a price. When Linder show up again, Walter grow a pair and
send his white- ass packin one final time. Despite da mess da Youngers gonna
have to deal wit up in Clybourne, they gonna do it wit their heads
held high. Ungh! One of da biggest questions dis
play axin is: How’s a brutha gonna go on livin afta’ his dream no
longa possible? Fo da Yonger family, da dream of buildin a
righteous life fo their family been tripped up by all sorts a mess:
mostly racism and oppression. They learn da raw truth dat there ain’t
nothin realer than dreams not comin true. Like Ruth sayin “life can be
a barrel of disappointments.” But fo’ Walter, when yo dream die,
it don’t just dry up like a raisin in the sun, it rots and festers…
mo like a turd in the sun. All dat pain and rejection he experienced tryna make it in da
land of the American dream jus’ turn this fool in to a bitter
hater: “And you – ain’t you bitter, man? Ain’t
you just about had it yet? Don’t you see no stars gleaming
that you can’t reach out and grab?” But no matta how much dreams can
burn a brutha, you gotta have em yo. Hannsberry droppin images of
food all up in dis text to show dat grub ain’t da only thing dat keep
us going- we need dreams too. Walter: “That’s it. There you are. Man
say to his woman: I got me a dream. His woman say: Eat your eggs. Man say: I got to take hold
of this here world, baby! And a woman will say: Eat your
eggs and go to work. Man say: I got to
change my life, I’m choking to death, baby! And his woman
say Your eggs is getting cold.” (I.i – 33-34) We got da same thang goin on wit
Beneatha- she dreamin real big like her brutha. Das why Asagai call her
Alaiyo, which mean “One for Whom Bread- food- is not enough” Beneatha ain’t only tryna beast
through racism, but also the oppression she face fo’ being a
woman. Man, you could even say dem three
Younger women reppin a different side of womanhood in the 19-
fiddies, each wit their own beef to rough through. See, Beneatha da
modern woman tryna do her own thang and get her education on- but she
gotta put up wit weak-ass bustas like George who jus’ want her to
look good and stay quiet. Whereas mama keepin it OG wit her
old school views on God, marriage, and what it mean to be a family, so
she get all tore up watchin’ all this change round her… Not to
mention Walter almost sellin da family pride for a lil bit of
scratch. Mah girl Ruth somewhere in da middle. And that’s where da play’s ending
leavin us too: somewhere in da middle. One da one hand da Youngers
gonna roll up on Clybourne Park with their middle fingers in da
air, makin it REAL clear what they think bout da haters. But on da
otha hand, they got some true-blue heartache to overcome. This thug
like to think it all gonna be alright in the end, especially
since Walter finally realize his family’s dignity is priceless. But not as priceless as hittin dat
subscribe button, padna. See yall next week. Deuces.

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100 thoughts on “A Raisin in the Sun – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis – Celebrating Black History Month

  1. How about The dark knight returns by Frank Miller? you've already done two of the best graphic novels there are out there and I believe there could be some interesting themes in this one 🙂

  2. That was brilliant. I had never thought about the food references in this play.

  3. Never read the book, watched the movie, or saw the play, but just got a 100% on a college Lit class quiz about "Raisin in the Sun" from watching this video alone. #Winning

  4. Yo, Wisecrack! I saw this video in my Lit. Writ class after we were done reading A Raisin in the Sun. I subscribed to you after that video. Keep up the good work G!!!!!

  5. I love how you make me excited to read a book and then when I attempt to read it I realize this isn't as exciting as it sounds.

  6. I remember seeing a televised version of this as a play with Danny Glover as the father. This story had some great emotional range for him to play with.

  7. I'm aware that $10,000 was a lot back then but it annoyed me how they acted like it was a million.esp walter.I was pissed at him for being SO foolish 😕

  8. The name of the classical piece at the end. Some great soul more cultivated than me that tells me which is it.

  9. While this video is a bit old, one Critical Theory that could be applied to this play was the Psychological conflict with Walter. Where his subconscious desires-the "Id"-conflicted multiple times with the voices of reason ("Ego").

    He wanted things he knew it would be too difficult to obtain, he spent all the money without fulfilling Mama's promise to save some money for Beneatha's college & potentially ruining her-and the family's-future, and at one point in the story he even got furious with his mother and wife when they ignored him simply when he wanted their attention about his liquor business plan.

    By the end of the play, he overcomes his Id and used logic by realizing he can't sell his family's pride for a little cash, and decides to move into Clybourne Park despite the challenges the Younger Family will soon have to overcome.

  10. Put a raisin in the sun and you'll never be able to eat it…wait,how can you send it there?

  11. this book tought me how to Not try archieve your Goals and dreams in Life. with the help of people. if you cant to it all by yourself, you probably Wont ever do it.

  12. That mother should've just kept 3GS out of that envelope it was completely unnecessary to give her son the whole thing now her daughter can't go to school.

  13. considering how a lot of the neighborhoods in Chicago turned out perhaps they would have been better taking the money pride is great and all but your pride doenst pay the bills I interpreted it as more the pursuit of social equality before economic and how that putting the cart before the horse

  14. A raisin in the sun is a great movie Sidney Poitier is one of my favorite actors, also this is one of the first movies that Morgan Freeman is in

  15. I just got done watching the shmoop version that gave little to nothing on the plot. I was extremely surprised this was the most helpful video I’ve seen yet.

  16. The main perp in all this is white oppression of blacks . I am white and was born in suburbia . I remember most of these crackas in my hood keeping blacks out . My dad and a good fellow white neighbor sayin don't go to that nieghborhood picnic , they're just trying to keep "negros" out(old school days) . Now im happy to say that my mama is 93 still living in that burb hood and half the neighborhood is black and my Pollack moma say they the best neighbors she had in the burb . and man do those black neighbors keep their properties better than my fellow crackas

  17. Read this book 3 years ago and forgot it and now have to read it again for my new English class… this is just the refresher I needed lmao

  18. Don't miss Beneatha's given name. What kind of mother slaps that kind of label on the girl? Beneath–held down, held under. Beneath somebody's foot. Symbolism much?

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