In a Raisin in the Sun, Mama’s plant represents the dream of a good life where they would not be oppressed by wealth, but by their skin color and ethnicity.
– The plant is an ugly color, and is unwanted by everyone else in the family except mama. This can be said about the entire youngers family not being wanted by the community they plan to move into. (Pages 25-26)
-Mama speaks about how she always wanted to garden, but never had a patch of ground to garden in. A direct hit to their constant opression by wealth. (Pages 19,25-26)
– The plant is the last thing mama grabs when they are moving. Representing the change from a life full of sadness and opression to a life full of hope in their new community. (Page 102)