The play A Raisin in the Sun symbolizes Samuel’s life and hardships. Natasha's dad acts in two productions of A Raisin in the Sun in his lifetime, once in Jamaica and once in New York City, as the play's protagonist, Walter Lee Younger. Thematically, A Raisin in the Sun deals with many of the same things that Samuel deals with in his life: racism, dreams, hopelessness, and ultimately, the meaning of home. The play and specifically the role of Walter Lee Younger provide a window into Samuel’s mind in a way that's separate from Natasha's very biased narration. By considering Samuel in terms of this play, which represents both the highest and lowest points of Samuel's life, it's possible to read him far more sympathetically than Natasha ever allows. He, like Walter, believes his dreams are impossible, mostly because of rampant racism and a sense of homelessness.
A Raisin In the Sun Quotes in The Sun is Also a Star
Yes, she'd been frustrated with him for years, but that one moment showed us all how far apart they really were now. Even Peter, who sides with my mother in all things, flinched a little.
Still. You couldn't fault her. Not really. My father had been dreaming his life away for years. He lived in those plays instead of the real world. He still does. My mother didn't have time for dreaming anymore.
Neither do I.
Should I tell him about my father's aborted dreams? Should I tell him that I think dreams never die even when they're dead? Should I tell him that I suspect my father lives a better life in his head?