A Raisin in the Sun Unit
By: Lorraine Hansberry
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
• What is the poem The questions are all rhetorical questions,
because they intend to answer themselves.
Each question in the first stanza uses
about? simile: “like a raisin in the sun,” “like a
sore,”like rotten meat,” “like a syrupy
• What does happen to a sweet.” The second stanza which is not a
question but a suggestion also uses simile
dream deferred? “like a heavy load.” The last stanza uses
metaphor, “does it explode?”
• How is the poem • The poem employs rhyme: sun-run, meat-
connected to the title? • The poem also uses imagery: “raisin in the
sun,” “fester like a sore— / And then run,”
“stink like rotten meat,” etc.
• The following four
slides contain words • THINK ABOUT THE
that are the themes WORDS AS THEY
within the play as well FLASH UP ON THE
as concepts the SCREEN.
characters need to • What do these words
• Self- Esteem
• Imagine that your family just won the lottery.
What does it feel like to have all of that money?
What conflicts would arise in your family?
• Imagine that your family moves to a new
neighborhood, but your neighbors do not want you
there. They do everything to make your life
unpleasant in your new home. Do you put up with
it or move out?
• CHOOSE ONE AND ANSWER IT IN A
MINIMUM OF A PARAGRAPH.
• We looked at President Lincoln and President
Obama’s Inaugural speeches. We also listened to
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech. These have
all dealt with change for America. Dr. King
addressed civil rights for all humans- specifically
the quest of Black Americans for freedom,
equality, and justice. This was his American
Dream! Has Dr. King’s dreams come true?
• How do the three men compare in their dreams for
America and how do they differ? What do their
America’s look like?
• We are going to read about an ordinary
family- each member in the family has a
dream for a better life for all of them. Each
dream is different, but each dream has the
same goal – to make a better life for the
family. Keep the goals in mind as we read