Power and Authority in “A Raisin in the Sun” Essays

As I have written about over the last few months: A Raisin in the Sun is a play of many themes. Besides the central idea of the blacks trying to get out of the ghetto, it has many side plots. One of the most predominant of these side-plots is the role and effects of power and authority. In general, most people strive for power and control, whether they can handle it or not. Humans don’t like to be subservient to one another.

The same idea applies in the play as well. Power and authority are always changing hands. Let’s look at this from the perspective of the main character, Walter. In the beginning of the play, we see Walter being bossed around by his wife and mother. They are always telling him what to do and how to do it. Walter puts up with it, only because he has a plan. When the $1…

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