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A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry

- A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, has often been dubbed a “black” play by critics since its debut on Broadway in 1959. This label has been reasonably assigned considering the play has a cast that consists primarily of African American actors; however, when looking beyond the surface of this play and the color of the author and characters, one can see that A Raisin in the Sun actually transcends the boundaries of racial labels through the universal personalities assigned to each character and the realistic family situations that continue to evolve throughout the storyline....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry]

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The American Nightmare: Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

- In Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”, she uses the African American Younger family as a representation of the entire race’s struggle for the American Dream. America has always had slogans such as “the land of the free” and “liberty and justice for all”. The Younger family is finding out, like generations before them, the American Dream isn’t at all what it seems if you’re black. The family eagerly awaits the insurance check from the death of their father, while living a life of constant struggle and hardships, in a Chicago neighborhood, on the Southside of town....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry, Raisin in the Sun, racism, ]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, illustrates the timeless struggle for the furtherance of family values and morals with extreme clarity. The play follows the life of a small black family’s struggle to keep their dreams from tenants to owners alive. These dreams, and the struggles necessary to reach them, as well as coming to terms with the dreams that are out of reach, are the focus and driving force behind this story of every persons struggle to achieve goals that are not always in tune with societies thoughts or ideas on a persons place in life....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry Morals Literature Essays]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun A Raisin in the Sun is one of the best works of Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, in which, through a black family, the Youngers, she talks about vital issues such as poverty, gender and racial discrimination. Hansberry's play focuses mainly on the dreams of the main characters, which motivates them. The title 'A Raisin in the Sun' has been taken from the poem "Montage of a Dream Deferred" written by Langston Hughes in which he talks about the consequences when dreams are put off for later....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry Play Raisin Sun Essays]

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Society and Family Conflict in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- Society and Family Conflict in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry       Within the context of any given moment in history, the passage of time allows reflection on the attitudes and emotions of people. The political atmosphere, commercial fads, social trends or religious fervor of the time we observe, all lend spice to the attitudes that we will find there. Some aspects of our human nature are as timeless as eating or sleeping, such as the bonds of a family or the conflicts which tear them apart....   [tags: Raisin Sun Lorraine Hansberry]

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Difficulities in the Play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- Difficulities in the Play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry In the four years between 1861 and 1865 this country was in civil war over the rights and freedom of blacks in America. When all was said and done, the blacks won their freedom and gained several rights that would make their lives better. Nearly one hundred years later, in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry wrote her great play, A Raisin in the Sun. It described the everyday life of a black family in the Southside of Chicago sometime after World War II....   [tags: Civil War Plays Lorraine Hansberry Essays]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- Family, Assimilation, Racism and American Dream The book, “A Raisin in the Sun,” was written by Lorraine Hansberry, and tells the story of an African American family living in impoverished, predominantly African American area of Chicago’s Southside, in the 1950s. The Youngers family had five members: Mama, Walter, Ruth, Beneatha, and Travis, and they all lived together in a crowded one bedroom apartment. The story is based on individual conversations with each family member and revolves around the question of what to do with ten thousand dollars insurance money, which was left as inheritance by Big Walter....   [tags: assimilation, racism, american dream]

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A Raisin Of The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

- A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry realism in which the play 's title and the drama represented by the plays dream. The play focused on Black Americans struggle to reach the American Dream of reaching success and prosperity during segregation and the. The idea of everyone having the chance of achieving a better life should exist for all. Hansberry created her title using a line from the Longstorm Hughes Poem “A Dream Deferred.” The original poem was written in 1951 in Harlem. Hughes’ line from the poem claimed that when dreams are deferred, it 's a sense of hopelessness....   [tags: African American, White people]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry is a play about an African-American family, who faces discrimination and financial struggles, but still remains united throughout their journey in buying a new home. Just like the Youngers, people create lifelong goals and dreams, in which they want to accomplish. When they do not fulfill their dreams, it simply becomes “a raisin in the sun” because just like a raisin loses its juice when kept outside for too long, a dream loses its significance as well....   [tags: Play, African American Family, Discrimination]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

- The chasing of a mirage is a futile quest where an individual chases an imaginary image that he or she wants to capture. The goal of this impossible quest is in sight, but it is unattainable. Even with the knowledge that failure is inevitable, people still dream of catching a mirage. There is a fine line that separates those who are oblivious to this fact, and to those who are aware and accept this knowledge. The people who are oblivious represent those who are ignorant of the fact that their dream will be deferred....   [tags: character and story analysis]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- In a time when African American people had no greater desire than "will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" (King), A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, is the tale of an African American family living in Chicago's South-side, sometime between World War II and 1959 (Hansberry, 24). The characters' various endeavors take place during a time when one's gender and the color of one's skin defined their value. This results in character traits and world views that many find hard to relate to because of cultural differences caused by time....   [tags: African Americans, History, Literary Analysis]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- Lorraine Hansberry’s play, “A Raisin in the Sun” is a realistic drama pivoting around a black, American family’s economic and social struggle against the prejudice that occurs in Chicago during the nineteen fifties. The Youngers’ colorful personalities cause much confrontation and anguish in their small, stifling apartment. In his essay, “A Raisin in the Sun Revisited,” J. Charles Washington, suggests that “our literary judgments, to a large extent, are determined by our own moral standards, by our adherence to the rules society deems appropriate....   [tags: moral standards, black american family]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- ... This outline gave the redlined areas the impression of being an investment and insurance risky. The third quote, made by Lindner, was about how “Negros” would live happier when they were in their own communities. He stated, “…I want you to believe me when I tell you that race prejudice simply doesn’t enter into it/It is a matter of the people of Clybourne Park believing, rightly or wrongly, as I say, that for the happiness of all concerned that our Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities (2.3.65)....   [tags: gentrification and discrimination]

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Segregation Of The Sun, By Lorraine Hansberry

- Unconstitutional Segregation in A Raisin in the Sun After World War II, African Americans had unequal opportunities in many aspects of their lives. A Raisin in the Sun, a play by Lorraine Hansberry, mirrors the conflicts endured by African-Americans after World War II who were hoping to better their lives, but were still held back by the racism and bigotry of previous eras. Despite the legal barriers of segregation in the 1950s, black families were still being denied access to jobs, higher education, and particularly as it relates to the play, desirable neighborhoods in which to raise their families....   [tags: Racial segregation, African American, Racism]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- “Every dream has a story behind it” In “A Raisin In The Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, all of the characters in the play have difficult dreams. Each individual dream answers the question in the poem, “What happens to a dream deferred?” Mama, Walter, Beneatha and Ruth’s dreams come with many obstacles that discourage them; however, throughout the play it results to building their character. At the end of the play, the Youngers come together as a family to fight for what is right. Hansberry chose “A Raisin In The Sun” to portray that even with the difficulties of trying to pursue dreams like a “raisin” being dried out; the “sun” is the hope to a brighter future for each character....   [tags: story/ character analysis]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- In a house with five people, everyone has different dreams. With a ten thousand dollar life insurance check on its way, which dream will come true. Due to so many different dreams and ideas, tensions are high in the Younger household. Everyone wants he money to go towards their dream. Along with the power to crush a dream, Mama has the power to choose whose dream will "dry up like a raisin in the sun" (Hughes 2-3). Mama has the power to choose if she will honor what her husband, Big Walter, wanted what she wants, and what is best for the family, or if she will choose her son, Walter Lee's, dream....   [tags: dream, walter lee]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- In the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, one of the main characters Beneatha Younger tries to find herself and figure out exactly who she is. She is a twenty year old black woman who attends college in the South Side of Chicago. One of her closest friends, Joseph Asagai, is from Nigeria and he really has Beneatha’s best interests in mind. Nigerian culture is very significant in the play because Asagai tries to teach Nigerian culture to Beneatha, in order for her to discover who she wanted to be....   [tags: Character Development, PLay Analysis]

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A Raisin Of The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

- A Raisin in the Sun is an autobiographical play written in 1950 by Lorraine Hansberry, an African American writer. The main characters are the Younger family; Mama, her son Walter Lee, her daughter Beneatha, Walter Lee’s son Travis, and Walter Lee’s wife Ruth. The play dramatizes a conflict between the main characters’ dreams and their actual struggles in life with poverty and racism. The characters’ lives as a low income working black family contribute to their feeling of entrapment by poverty and racism....   [tags: Barack Obama, African American, Racism]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A The Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry is realistic fictional drama in which the play 's title and the character represent the play 's theme. The play focused on Black America 's Struggle to reach the American Dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness during the 1950s and the 1960s. The idea of everyone having the chance to achieve a better life should exist for all. Hansberry conceives her title using a line from Langston Hughes poem “A dream deferred”. The original poem was written in 1951 about Harlem....   [tags: African American, Langston Hughes]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

- “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry focuses strongly on the idea of segregation and racism in America during the 1950s. Lorraine Hansberry even uses situations from her own life in order to help depict what life was like for a middle-class African American family in Chicago at the time. “A Raisin in the Sun” was written during the 1950s as well, which gives it a lot of background and ties it into the racial problems of the time. The historical factors of the time the play was written go a long way towards shaping the understanding of “A Raisin in the Sun”....   [tags: Racism, African American, Racial segregation]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

- In the book A Raisin in the Sun, the time period is set in 1955. A time in America where African Americans still dealt with a constant struggle between them and the rest of the country. It touches on subjects that were very sensitive especially at the time the work was released. Even though the setting of the book was in the north, Lorraine Hansberry seemed to want to show that things weren’t that much better in the north than they were in the south at that time. Segregation was still being implemented in the law system, and there was a missing sense of equality among everyone....   [tags: Black people, African American, Race]

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The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

- As an African American woman who grew up before civil rights, Lorraine Hansberry had firsthand experience with deferred dreams. Becoming such a respected writer had many challenges, but Hansberry persisted through her obstacles and achieved a high level of success. She channels her views on racial injustice into her work A Raisin in the Sun, which continually draws attention to discrimination against African Americans. The Younger family, who always has higher aspirations than settling for deferred dreams, embodies the willful spirit of Lorraine Hansberry as a female African American writer....   [tags: Racism, Race, African American]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

- Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930, in Chicago, IL. She was the youngest of four children. Hansberry was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she dropped out after two years. She later, moved to New York City and attended the New School. In 1951, she joined the staff of the black newspaper Freedom. Hansberry married Robert Nemiroff on June 20, 1953. In 1959, she wrote “A Raisin in the Sun” and she was the fifth woman to receive the New York Drama Critics Circle award for Best Play....   [tags: African American, Black people]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

- Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin In The Sun, looks at the life of a typical African American family. The play takes place sometime after world war two, when African Americans were not treated fairly. In an interview with New York Times, Hansberry stated the purpose of the play was to “show the many gradations of even one Negro family, the clash of the old and the new, but most of all the unbelievable courage of the Negro people”. Hansberry does just as she intended, each of the family members were in different stages of life, which causes conflict between the new and old generations, but still they remain courageous during times of oppression....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun, Family, Negro, Black people]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

- The concept of the American Dream has always been that everyone wants something in life, no matter if it is wealth, education, financial stability, safety, or a decent standard of living. However, everyone will try to strive to get what they want. The American Dream, is said to be that everyone should try and get what they hope they can get in life. In the play “A Raisin in the Sun” the author Lorraine Hansberry brought to us is about a family that each one of them have an American Dream. The question is can each one of them will be able to fore fill that dream....   [tags: Family, Want, Need, WANT]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

- The 1950 's through 1960 's where very important to the civil rights movement. African Americans were fighting to end all segregation and prove they were equal to all other races. Lorraine Hansberry 's play A Raisin in the Sun first appeared in 1959 "- and remains- the quintessential civil rights drama" (Baraka). Hansberry took the roof off the average black house hold and have us a chance to be a fly on the wall. The Younger family faced everyday struggles fighting to survive. Receiving an insurance check for the passing of late Walter, the remaining family members had a chance at a better life....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun, Family, The New School]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

- Drama constitutes one of the many overly dramatic platforms of human expression. Often used as a medium of bringing stories to life, drama seeks to capture the emotional and spiritual feel that ordinary books simply cannot. Drama places readers or viewers in a position where they feel included in the action. Some novels succeed in doing so, but there is something about continuous dialogue that draws the reader into the plot. The great Broadway plays stand as a monumental example of drama brought to life....   [tags: Black people, African American, Negro, Race]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

- In the story, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1988), the main characters face many difficulties that pertain to their life in the 1950s. One issue the family faces is residential segregation. Another difficulty the characters face is pursuing education in a field that is predominantly male or female. A third challenge is dealing with money issues. Hansberry wrote the book to reflect the current events of the 1950s, but these events also relate to the century before the 1950s. Residential Segregation Before the 1950s, America heavily participated in slavery and prejudices against African Americans....   [tags: Racism, African American, Ku Klux Klan]

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The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

- Valuable Collections There has been multiple examples noticed of each literature work. Style, symbolism, and characterization, for example, assist in the creation of value upon the different genres. No matter what idea or item a person conquers, every piece of evidence will become something to value in the future. The three stories chosen to be wrote about for this essay will consist of A Raisin in the Sun; Everyday Use; and Road not Taken. Value has a significant meaning behind each story. In the story....   [tags: Fiction, Meaning of life, Value, Short story]

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The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

- Common among millions of Americans, poverty is an ongoing issue both in real life and for the characters in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Destitution means not having enough money to support oneself and family, which often times indicates a shortage of necessary items such as food, clothing and shelter. Living in Beachwood, I have not had many direct experiences with poverty and most incidences I have had have been through charity work, meaning the neediness was being supported by an organization or group....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, A Raisin in the Sun, Woman]

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The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

- The A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry takes place in the Southern-side of Chicago between the time of World War II and present. The main conflict surrounding the Younger family’s head of the house, Mr. Younger, life insurance and trying to figure out what to do with the money. The family consists of Mama Younger, her son, Walter Younger, her daughter, Beneatha Younger, Walter’s wife, Ruth Younger, and Walter’s and Ruth’s son, Travis Younger. The focus of this essay will be on two of the main characters, Ruth Younger and Beneatha Younger....   [tags: Woman, Family, Marriage, Sociology]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

- Despite Sophie being of a different generation and of a different cultural background, Beneath Younger in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun shares Sophie’s struggle of establishing her true sense of self. Also similarly to Sophie, Beneatha’s struggle to find her identity is rooted in the concept of assimilation, where for Beneatha, her struggle is exemplified in her troubled fixation with proving that she is not assimilating into the predominant white culture of America. In particular, Beneatha, provoked and very much influenced by her admirer Asagai, overcompensates and tries to embed her identity into her conceived identity as a woman with deep African roots....   [tags: African American, Black people]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

- A Raisin in the Sun was written by an African American woman by the name of Lorraine Hansberry in 1950 and the play was produced on Broadway. The play was about a black family facing racism living Chicago. Lena, her daughter Beneatha, and her son Walter who was married to Ruth and their son Travis, all lived in a run-down two-bedroom apartment. The characters felt restricted by their physical living space, their home, also by the social roles they’ve been assigned. Lena’s daughter Beneatha was studying to become a doctor, despite the financial strain it had on her poor family....   [tags: Black people, African American, White people]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, one of the most important themes is the American Dream. Many of the characters in this play have hopes and aspirations; they all strive towards their goals throughout the play. However, many of the characters in the play have different dreams that clash with each other. Problems seem to arise when different people’s dreams conflict with one another; such as Walter’s versus Bennie’s, George’s versus Asagai’s, and the Clybourne Park versus the Younger’s....   [tags: Hansberry Raisin Sun Essays Papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry

- Lorraine Hansberry, author of the world renowned play A Raisin in The Sun, was an excellent playwright, she was even the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award (biography.com). A Raisin in The Sun deals with problems like racism and good problems like dreams, similar to the play Master Harold... And The Boys, written by Athol Fugard. Both plays were inspiring and taught me a different lesson. Lorraine was born May 19, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the youngest of four children by seven years....   [tags: A Raisin In The Sun, Racial Discrimination]

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Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

- Does money really bring happiness. This questions has been asked over and over throughout history yet there is no real answer for it. The only way to know is to learn from experiences. In Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun the characters are caught up in caring too much about money, and it effects them all in many different decisions that they make such as Ruth wanting to get an abortion, Mama buying them a house, and Walter investing in the liquor store. Ruth wanting to get an abortion shows that money has a big influence the character’s actions in the story....   [tags: Hansberry Raisin Sun]

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Pride in A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry

- Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, centers on an African American family in the late 1950s. Hansberry directs her work towards specifically the struggles faced by African Americans during the late 1950s. Through the dialogue and actions of her characters, she encourages not only a sense of pride in heritage, but a national and self-pride in African Americans as well. Hansberry promotes a sense of African heritage through her character, Beneatha. She characterizes Beneatha as a college student struggling to find her identity, who tries to achieve such by getting in touch with her roots....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun]

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Oppression in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- Homologous to plants, humans need certain environmental factors to thrive. When the environment surrounding a person is auxiliary to that person, humans have the ability to grow physically, similar to plants, but also socially and intellectually. This is comparable to the way a plant thrives in its native environment because of the harmony between the plant and its surroundings. However, if someone removes a plant from its native environment and places it in a foreign environment, the environment will suffer because the unfamiliar species is jarring to the harmony of the community....   [tags: social and intelectual growth, prejudice]

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Looking For My Identity By Lorraine Hansberry

- “Looking for my Identity” in A Raisin in the Sun In the play A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry (1959), the author depicts an African American family whom struggles with the agonizing inferiority present during the 1950s. Hansberry illustrates the constant discrimination that colored people, as a whole, endured in communities across the nation. Mama, who is the family’s foundation, is the driving force behind the family on the search for a better life. With the family living in extreme poverty, their family bond is crucial in order to withstand the repression....   [tags: African American, Racism, White people]

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The Protagonist in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- In the Play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry there are two main character’s that many people debate upon to be the protagonist of the play. Those two characters are Mama and Walter. The story is about an African American family living in Chicago in the 1950’s. During this time period race was a large issue in that area. The family consists of three generations, Mama being the mother and grandmother has a lot of responsibilities as what I see her to be as the families anchor....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Synopsis of A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- ... Beneatha tells Asagai the reason she wanted to become a doctor in the first place was because she saw a little boy, when she was younger, had his face split open and a doctor was like God and sewed the boy back up. She wanted to cure people the way she saw the doctor did for the boy. But now she stopped caring, “because it doesn’t seem deep enough, close enough to what ails mankind. It was a child’s way of seeing things... (3, 133)” After losing the money, Beneatha gives up on hope that she could become a doctor....   [tags: Family, Dreams, Novel]

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Overview: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is a story about an African American family struggling with their home environment, money, jobs, and dreams. The main conflict that arouses in this story is about money and space. The family waits for an insurance check which will bring new beginnings to a family in their shape. With each member having a specific dream such as being a doctor, having a home, and owning and running a liquor store, it leads to household conflict. The era this occurred in was filled with struggles for the blacks and that showed an unlikely side of the story....   [tags: african american, money, space]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin And The Sun

- A Raisin In The Sun In life some have it all, and some also have nothing, but what truly matters is what you do with what you have. In Lorraine Hansberry’s story, “ A Raisin In The Sun”, She guides us through the trials and tribulations of an African American family of 5 in Chicago during the 60’s. This story truly shows that with family, faith, and hard work anything is possible. Although the story was based on a family of color in the 60’s, life lessons learned within the story still pertain to todays society....   [tags: Family, Mother, Langston Hughes]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Dream Deferred

- A Raisin in The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is realistic fiction in which the play’s title and the characters represent the play’s theme. The play focused on Black America’s struggles to reach the American Dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness during the 1950’s and the 1960’s the idea of everyone having the chance to achieve a better life should exist for all. Hansberry created her title using a line from Langston Hughes’ poem “A Dream Deferred”. The original poem was written in 1951 about Harlem....   [tags: African American, Langston Hughes]

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A Raisin in The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- A young African American male named Walter Lee Younger had a marvelous dream of owning a liquor store. Despite of his current status, his job as a shofar, and not being the dominant one in his family, Walter faces several obstacles that would possible hold his dream off to the side. In the well-known play, A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry portrays the Younger’s family, who lives in a part of Chicago. The Younger family deals with trials and tribulations that come in their ways as they have certain goals and dreams planned....   [tags: racial discrimination, racism, african americans]

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Walter Lee Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Walter Lee Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun No matter how hard they try, there are some people who cannot get ahead in life. Walter Lee Younger is a man who is frustrated with his current position in life, and every disappointment he has encountered thus far. Although he tries to be a loving man, sometimes he does not know how to show the idea of love, 'Sometimes...sometimes...I don't even know how to try' (Hansberry 89). His position in life can be regarded as symbolic of every black male struggling to provide for his family by any means necessary....   [tags: Hansberry Raisin Sun Essays]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun In A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry portrays obstacles that the Younger family and other African Americans had to face and over come during the post World War 2 era. Obstacles that had to be over come by the Youngers were economical, moral, social, and racist obstacles. Lorraine Hansberry, the author of the play had to face one of these as well growing up. Born in Chicago on the south side in an all black neighborhood, Lorraine Hansberry and her family had to deal with segregation....   [tags: essays papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- The above passage taken from the play A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry between Mama and her son Walter shows how the author can address many themes of the play in one scene or even just a few lines; She addresses such themes as dreams, prejudice, and family. Mama is the head of the household where she lives with her son Walter and wife Ruth with their son Travis along with Walter’s sister Beneatha or Bennie as some like to call her. The passage tells the reader that Mama went out and did something to destroy one of Walter’s dreams....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Lorraine Hansberry is the author of the play A Raisin in the Sun. This play is very significant because it was the first play written by a black playwright to win the Best Play of the Year Award. Another interesting point about the play is the title. The title A Raisin in the Sun also refers to Langston Hughes poem Harlem. In many ways Langston Hughes’ poem relates to Lorraine Hansberry’s play. In the play a family of black Americans have a chance to move ahead in the cruel prejudiced world....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- We all have dreams as individuals, but what is the American dream. When I think about the American dream the image of a family comes to my mind. But is the picture perfect family in front their home really the American dream. It most certainty is not. My family is far from perfect; the Youngers are also far from perfect. A family of six in a two-bedroom apartment as Ruth puts it is “Hell”. Living in a four-bedroom house with six people can get a little cramped, I cannot imagine living in a two-bedroom apartment....   [tags: the American dream, story analysis]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- ... Mama tries to make sure that everyone is happy, together, and will have one another’s back through everything. She is very religious and God comes before everything. As Walter is always leaving the house when he is mad, and Beneatha is out with her boyfriend, Mama is always trying to make sure that everyone is safe. Mama just wanted buy a house to fulfill a dream she shared with her husband, and make everyone happy and be able to have their own privacy. Money is not everything when it comes to Mama....   [tags: play analysis]

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A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry

- The Raisin in the Sun is a story and also a play both epic and simple. A family living on the south side of Chicago struggles and is having a lot of issues they dream for a better life. They are relying on the mother (Lena) Husband insurance check to arrive. My First Theme would be “Family God and Love” in the Raisin in the Sun one of the major key points the importance of family, Even with all the difficulties ensue, The characters learn to work together get past their difference and appreciate each other....   [tags: literary analysis, themes]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- The civil rights movement brought enlightenment towards the abolishment of segregation laws. Although the laws are gone does segregation still exist in fact. “What happens to a dream deferred, does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?'; said, in a poem by Langston Huges. The story, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry showed segregation and its affects upon all races. This essay will show how Assimilationists and New Negroes fought for their own identity in the mid twentieth century....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Raising in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- Beneatha and Walter both feel under pressure to make something significant of their lives by reason of their father's death. Nevertheless, they go about it in different means. Beneatha expands from her loved ones and come across new people, such as Joseph Asagai and George Murchison, and she has strong feelings (or she takes on the feelings of those close to her). Beneatha desires to be a doctor, although this is not usual for Black women in her time period. Walter wishes to open a liquor store with his buddies, but he has not widen his surroundings as much and found different people to learn from....   [tags: beneatha and walter]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Ronils Review of A Raisin in the Sun. This is probably the first play I've ever seen that I REALLY HEATED. A Raisin in the Sun The Madison Repertory Theatre has produced many plays by African American playwrights recently, such as last year's From the Mississippi Delta, but their most recent, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun is certainly one of the veryWorst. The play starts in a darkened living room. Ruth Younger wakes her family on a Friday morning. Her father-in-law has recently died, and the family is awaiting the arrival of the insurance money....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Dream’s Recovered Everyone has dreams; everyone has goals they want to accomplish. Some know what it is instantly and some take time to realize what they want to do. But not everyone will achieve their dreams and some, because of sad circumstances lose their grip on their dream and fall into a state of disappointment. Langston Hughes poem relates to the dreams of Mama, Ruth, and Walter in Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun. Ruth has to listen to Walter’s extravagant dreams of being rich and powerful all the time and know that these dreams will never happen....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun In the book “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, there were characters whose dreams were stated, some of which were shattered by greed and misfortune and others which would eventually come to be true. The first dream that came about was Walter’s dream of one day owning and maintaining a liquor store. He would do anything to attempt to get his dream to come true, but his mama wanted anything but that to happen. His mama had a dream of her own though, she dreamed of one day owning her own house, where her whole family could stay comfortably....   [tags: essays papers]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- A Success of Life Walter is a man just like many others; he has a job, a family, and he also has ambitions in life just like anybody else. Walter is not the only one in his family that has ambitions, almost everybody else in his family have ambitions as well. These ambitions created conflicts between family members after they all found out that Walter's mother (Lena) have been settled by an insurance company for the death of her husband, and she is about to obtain a large sum of money. Walter was already making plans in how to spend his mother's money in one of his twisted ideas without considering others....   [tags: American Literature]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin In The Sun "A Raisin in the Sun" was written by Lorraine Hansberry. It has won her an award in 1959, at age 29, the youngest American, the fifth woman, and the black playwright to win the Best Play of the Year Award of the New York Drama Critics. This book of the play has been put in its entire form. The original play did not include some scenes. This book has been an inspiration to a lot people. In my personal opinion, the central message is to show how the value systems of black families are....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun A dream deferred is a dream put off to another time, much like this essay. But unlike dreams sometimes, this essay will get fulfilled and done with. Each character from A Raisin in the Sun had a deferred dream, even little Travis although his dream was not directly stated.      Their dreams become dried up like a raisin in the sun. Not just dreams are dried up though; Walter Lee and Ruth’s marriage became dried up also. Their marriage was no longer of much importance, like a dream it was post-poned and it became dry....   [tags: Raisin Sun Dream Essays Papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Lorraine Hansberry’s novel, A Raisin in the Sun, revolves around a middle-class African-American family, struggling during World War II. By reading about the Younger’s true to life experiences, one learns many important life lessons. One of the aforementioned would be that a person should always put family’s needs before their own. There are many examples of this throughout the novel. Just a few of these would be the example of Ruth and her unborn baby, Walter regaining the respect of his family, and Mama and her unselfish ways....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- 	Society in the 1959 was full of racial discrimination. White and blacks were still living in their own "areas", the public as a whole was very slow to accept the concept of mixed neighborhoods – blacks and white living together. This book, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, tells the story of a lower-class black family’s struggle to gain middle –class acceptance in the Southside of Chicago. The Younger family of five, four adults and one child live in a cramped apartment in one of the poorer sections of town....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis Of Lorraine Hansberry 's ' A Raisin Of The Sun '

- In Lorraine Hansberry “A Raisin in the Sun”, the issues of racial discrimination, the debate of heroism, and criticism is vividly displayed. The play, which was written in the late 1950’s presents itself in a realistic discerning matter that implicates the racial division among the black family and white America. The play insinuates Walters’s heroism as well because of the black family’s struggle not to become discouraged in trying to obtain the world riches and still maintaining human dignity....   [tags: African American, Racism, Black people, Race]

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The American Dream in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- In my research paper I would talk about the themes of The American Dream, and choices and possibilities from the book A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and I will talk about the author. Playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun and was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout her life she was heavily involved in civil rights. She died at 34 of pancreatic cancer....   [tags: racism in chicago, class, ethnicity]

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An Analysis Of Lorraine Hansberry 's ' A Raisin Of The Sun '

- The play, “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, follows the story of the Youngers, who is an African American family that lives in the suburbs of Chicago during the 1950’s. Together they live a hard life and have to face the harsh reality that African Americans do. Most of the characters follow tradition since they work in low-income jobs, face racism, and limitations that do not allow them to progress. However, one family member steps outside of one tradition in their life, being the character of Beneatha Younger....   [tags: African American, Black people]

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Timeless Themes A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- One of the most notable plays on the topic of racial minorities and family issues, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, has continued to be popular since it was written in 1959. The play is about an African American family, consisting of five members, who live in Southside Chicago during the post-World-War-Two era. The Younger family is crowded in a tiny, worn, and shabby apartment and they are fairly poor. They never have much surplus money until Walter’s father, and Mama’s husband, died and the family received a life-insurance check for ten thousand dollars....   [tags: racial minorities, african-americans]

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Analysis Of Lorraine Hansberry 's ' A Raisin Of The Sun '

- African Men in America In the play “A Raisin in the Sun”, Lorraine Hansberry describes the new lives of Africans living in America after the period of slavery. The lives of African change drastically, and they have to encounter new obstacles after slavery ends. These obstacles are racism, unequal opportunities, and hatred from the society they live in. Hansberry illustrates these facts through Walter’s family. Each member in Walter’s family has his or her own ambitions and dreams. These characters represent a particular group of Africans who live in the post World War II....   [tags: White people, Black people, Race, African American]

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Use of Imagery in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- Theatrical dramas breathe life into the words of a playwright by pulling together characters, setting, sound and imagery. Some playwrights provide a high level of detail to the setting so the reader or audience member can envision what the writer is trying to convey. However, writers also make use of imagery as a means to complement the setting, providing the reader with a deeper experience of the story. In the play “A Raisin in the Sun” Lorraine Hansberry uses imagery as a way to supplement the setting of a small apartment in Chicago by transforming an ordinary household plant into something that intertwines with the overall sense of hope and oppression felt throughout the play....   [tags: Writing, Setting, Play]

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Stereotypes and Identity in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

- In Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem,” he discusses the idea of unfulfilled dreams and their plausible outcomes using symbolism and imagery. He initially describes a “deferred” dream as a sun-dried raisin, depicting the dream originally as a fresh grape that now has dried up and “turned black” (Jemie 63). This idea provides Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun with its basic foundation, for it is a play about a house full of unfulfilled dreams. As the poem goes on, Hughes depicts the idea of a deferred dream as something rotten or gone bad....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun]

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Love and Sacrifice: Analysis of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

- Lauren Oliver once said, “I guess that’s just part of loving people: You have to give things up. Sometimes you even have to give them up” (Good Reads). This quote connects very well to the play, A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry. The quote conveys the message that if one loves someone, one must give things up. A Raisin in the Sun is about an African-American family living in the south side of Chicago in the 1950s. The Younger family is a lower-class family that has been struggling to make their dreams come true....   [tags: Walter Lee, Self Centered]

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The Symbolism of Mama's Plant in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

- Analyzing the Symbolism of Mama’s Plant The play A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is about the Youngers, an African-American family, who receive a $10,000 life insurance check as a result of the death of Mama Younger’s husband. The play takes place in the 1950’s making race an important factor during the process of buying a house due to the "red lining system”. The red lining system was a way to define the value of a neighborhood after World War II based on the dominant race in an area; when the dominant race of the neighborhood was white, the value of the neighborhood went up and categorized as green lining....   [tags: play analysis]

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The Harsh Reality in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- A plain green balloon floated in a dark and lonely space. Wasted and old it floats there. Doomed to be there for eternity. Loneliness made it look washed and used. No recognition from anyone. Suddenly, the frightening lonely space got the first glimpse of light. The poor balloon tried to float toward the light. But it did not know that the light was nothing but a hallucination. The girl woke up and realized that it was nothing but a dream. Such a sad dream too thought the little girl. Dreams are the enigma of life....   [tags: harmful dream, green balloon]

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Analysis Of Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin Of The Sun

- For many people, individual dreams and goals develop from adolescence, and evolve into something more feasible, as responsibilities and the onset of reality arise. The influence of these dreams can be different for every person, depending on how elaborate their ambitions may be, and the circumstances which they face in their lives. The play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, which debuted in 1959, is a story about a black family living in Chicago in the 1950’s, in which the adults have differing views about the direction of the family after they come into a large sum of money....   [tags: Black people, Race, A Raisin in the Sun]

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Walter Lee and Manhood in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- From dreams deferred to identity affirmed Lorraine Hansberry’s, “A Raisin in the Sun,” presents readers with many differing themes. The most prevalent and reoccurring theme is the effect money plays on society’s views of manhood and happiness. Readers are shown multiple characters with a diverse view on manhood. From Walter Lee with his matching societal views that a man should be able to provide whatever his family needs or wants to Lena whose views are a biased compilation of her late husband’s behavior and her own ideals, that a man should maintain his honor and protect his children’s dreams....   [tags: money, soceity, manhood, happiness, honor]

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Family Struggles in a Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- “Raisin in the Sun”, by Lorraine Hansberry, gives insight into the lives of an African American family living in Chicago post World War II. They play revolves around the struggles of the family as a whole, as well as, of the struggles of the individual family members. The major villain at work in the drama is the society in which the family lives in. The society in which the Younger’s live brings them down before they even have the chance of following their dreams or becoming successful. The dreams of the family have been “deferred” and are now “drying up like a raisin[s] in the sun”....   [tags: Desperation, Frustration]

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Dreams Deferred in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

- Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play, A Raisin in the Sun, culls its title from the infamous poem “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, and both works discuss what happens to a person when their dreams -- their hopes, their aspirations, their lives -- are endlessly put on hold. For this analysis of the dreams and character of Beneatha Younger in Raisin, I would like to pull on another dreamy poem of Langston Hughes’ entitled “Dream Boogie.” Like all the characters in the play, Beneatha has dreams that are dear to her, but their deferment does not cause them to dry up, fester, rot, crust, sag, or explode....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun Essays]

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Analysis Of Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin Of The Sun

- Lena Younger, who is known as Mama in the story “A Raisin in the Sun” written by Lorraine Hansberry, shows plenty of her tenderness throughout the story. Although she can be a handful at times, she shows dignity and faith in what she can or cannot do around her home. This lady is simply thought as a strong, thoughtful, fearless black woman who is head of the house. The major problem in the story deals with the idea of letting the oldest son, Walter, take control of ten thousand grand who later lets it go to waste by the mistrust of one of his buddies....   [tags: Thought, Family, Mind, A Raisin in the Sun]

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lorraine hansberry-an annotated bibliography

- Lorraine Hansberry: An Annotated Bibliography Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was born May 19, 1930 in Chicago and raised in a middle-class family. When Hansberry was only eight years old she had her first experience with civil rights. Her father fought a lengthy legal battle in the late 1930’s against harsh covenants which kept Chicago’s blacks in the ghettos. To make a statement the family moved into an all white neighborhood which was against the law at that time. The house was often vandalized and the children were faced with hostility as they walked to and from school....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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A Raisin Of The Sun By Hansberry Lorraine

- The color of your skin determines how half of your life will be and whether one will be successful or they will end up in prison with nothing but a criminal record. In the play A Raisin in The Sun written by Hansberry Lorraine, the writer talks about a lot of topics, but I will mainly focus on race relation in regards to the play and how being black made the family in the play was indecisive about how they want to use the money, why they wanted to buy a house in a white neighborhood and what race relation means in terms of the play and in our society....   [tags: White people, Black people, Race, United Kingdom]

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Lorraine Hansberry

- Her first play, A Raisin In the Sun, is based on her childhood experiences of desegregating a white neighborhood. It won the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award as Best Play of the Year. She was the youngest American, the fifth woman and the first black to win the award. Her success opened the floodgates for a generation of modern black actors and writers who were influenced and encouraged by her writing. Hansberry was born in 1930, the youngest of four children of Carl and Nannie Hansberry, a respected and successful black family in Chicago, Illinois....   [tags: essays research papers]

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