A raisin in the Sun Evidence Retrieval Chart—Act I sample instructions

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A Raisin in the Sun Evidence Retrieval Chart—Act I SAMPLE

      1. For each of the characters listed, find at least one passage from Act One of the play in which this character’s aspirations or ambitions are stated or referred to. The speaker does not necessarily have to be the same as the character. For instance, Walter might make a statement about his sister, Beneatha, and her ambitions.

      2. Make sure to note the speaker and the page number on which the passage appears.

      3. After copying the passage, write your own thoughts about the passage. Aim to address the following issues in your response:

    • What do you think of the character and his/her ambitions?

    • Given the historical/social context, is the aspiration or ambition realistic?

Why/why not?

  • What might be some obstacles for this character?

  • What might be some strengths that this character has that would help him/her overcome any obstacle.


1. “Yeah. You see, this little liquor store we got in mind cost seventy-five thousand and we figured the initial investment on the place be ‘bout thirty thousand, see. That be ten thousand each.”

2. And we have decided to move into our house because my father my father he earned it for us brick by brick. (MAMA has her eyes closed and is rocking back and forth as though she were in church, with her head nodding the Amen yes) We don't want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no causes, and we will try to be good neighbors. And that's all we got to say about that. (He looks the man absolutely in the eyes) We don't want your money. (He turns and walks away)

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