African American Society In A Raisin In The Sun

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American Society in the 19th and 10th centuries and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun causes some powerful criticisms of American society. At first glance, her play can be viewed as an African American family’s struggle to move out of the ghetto in the Southside of Chicago, but it is noticeable that Hansberry employs many themes and complicated characters. Looking at her characters more in depth, they are so complex that they demand for numerous types of analysis that go beyond the main issues that control the play’s story line. Her play shows its artistry and salience through its exploration of the African American identity, social ranking, and challenges faced racially by this ethnic group—in combination with complications of the global human disposition—during the 19th and 20th centuries. In Hansberry’s short life she was innovative and rebellious in her actions, day-by-day life, and in her literary work, making her an outstanding character to all; bur predominately the African Americans. A Raisin in the Sun motivates …show more content…

Several times throughout the play, it exhibits how their dreams alter as each character puts their dreams aside. It also shows us how over time, some of their dreams “dried up like a raisin in the sun”. Walter was analogously delusional to Willy Loman, but also ends up changing for the better in the last act of the play. In spite of Walter's fixation with money over everything else, he is able to accomplish evolving as a person after he has an epiphany of principles and realizes his dream is delusional. In the end, Walter Younger concedes his craving for wealth in sake of his family occupying their own a house and his child's welfare; He recognizes the significance of family values after his dream is unsuccessful, and Walter knows he needs to do something about

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