YMMV / A Raisin in the Sun

  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Beneatha is either intelligent and ambitious or selfish and stuck-up.
    • Walter Lee can be realistic and understandable to some while selfish and stupid to others. He seems to lean just a fair bit of amount more towards The Scrappy though.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Walter's drunken reaction to the playing of Beneatha's African record in the 1961 film could qualify.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: At the very end of the play, when the family was about to lose their dignity, Walter reverses this and decides to remain strong without outside help.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: There are some readers who like Mama for being the glue that holds the family together. Mama is understanding and never gives up on her children, as some point out.
  • Narm: From the 1961 film, it's a little hard to take Karl Lindner seriously. Mainly because when he opens his mouth, most people can only think of Piglet.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Anyone who saw this play at the Apollo Theater in the early 80's might have seen a 12-year-old Tupac Shakur playing Travis.
  • Tear Jerker: "And I'll be fine! Fine! Fine!
  • Values Dissonance: Beneatha has a few desires that seem perfectly sensible to a modern audience that the characters treat as absurd (though this is in part due to Beneatha's own pompous attitude). In particular, both Mama and Ruth are utterly baffled when Beneatha doesn't want to marry a wealthy man for silly reasons like "he's an asshole".
    • Mama slapping Beneatha for not believing in God (and mouthing off about it) is pretty uncomfortable today.


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