Grayson Mashburn

Mr. Herzberg

English 10


In A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry illustrates a story about a black family, the Youngers’, that is living in the city of Chicago in the 1960’s. Looking in detail at the story, several major themes and motifs strike the reader. A major theme in the play is racism and how the Younger family deals with it. The subject of racism is clearly seen when the neighborhood representative, who is white, tells the Younger family they should not have bought a house there.

To represent these ideas my visual of a play/movie poster shows each of the ideas in their own way. The main motif in the play is the plant that momma loves and cherishes. I put the sun behind the plant as if the sun is almost like a spotlight, but the word sun is in the title. The plant itself is momma’s family, she cares for them deeply. The plant appears to be growing out of the chimney of the house, which is black, displaying the Younger family are people of color. Walter’s face is also in the sun, as he shares the spotlight with the family. The final element I used were alternating colors of text in the title, showing conflicting races.

To conclude my element project, I want to end on a quote from the book; “I want you to believe me when I tell you that race prejudice simply doesn’t enter into it. It is a matter of the people of Clybourne Park believing, rightly or wrongly, as I say, that for the happiness of all concerned that our Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities.” The chairman of the neighborhood is trying to claim that segregation is in the best interest of the Younger family while making it seem that it was not his idea to do so. This idea was represented in the book and my poster, with the black house right in the middle.