1. On p.857, Walter asks, “Ruth, what is it gets into people ought to be close?” When they try to talk about why they are having such problems, they reach no conclusion. What do you think the playwright wants us to understand as the cause of their problems?
2. What creates the conflict between Beneatha & George?
3. Scene 3 is full of reversals, in which sudden shifts take place in the fortunes of the main characters. Discuss the reversals in this scene. What is the mood at the beginning of this scene and at the end?
How does the play A Raisin in the Sunmirror the social, educational, political, and economical climate of the 1950’s and how does the play illustrate the impact this climate had on African Americans' quest for "The American Dream?"
Discussion Question #2
The movie director Spike Lee writes “We all have to ask ourselves, have things gotten any better than when the play was written? I have to say that I think they’ve gotten worse.”
Tell why you agree or disagree with Lee’s statement.
Are the issues raised by the play still pertinent in the United Stated today or are the issues raised in the play outdated?