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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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The Crucible and A Raisin in the Sun

- ... Proctor redeems himself and provides a final accusation of the witch trials in his last act. When offered the opportunity to live, he almost agrees, even signing a written confession. Immediately after, his pride forces him to rip up the confession, for it is a lie. He still wants to save his name, but only for personal reasons. Proctor’s refusal to provide a false confession is an individual stand. His confession would dishonor those brave enough to die as testimony to the truth. By refusing to sign a lie, Proctor utterly proclaims his view that such integrity will bring him to heaven....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry, play analysis]

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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 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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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

- 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

- 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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Literary Analysis of A Raisin in the Sun

- Walter Younger is the most hopeful character throughout the play, A Raisin in the Sun. He has hopes of providing for his family, even if his hopes may not be the best way to go about earning a living. Throughout the play he is always saying how he wants to provide a better life and home for his family. He is so focused on that goal that he fails to realize the impact of his dreams on the remainder of his family. Walter Younger possesses the traits of an African American man living in Chicago during the times of oppression wanting to live the American Dream....   [tags: oppression, happiness, money]

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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: The Foundation of Family

- The idea of family is a central theme in Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun. Hansberry alludes to the Old Testament book of Ruth in her play to magnify “the value of having a home and family”(Ardolino 181). The Younger family faces hardships that in the moment seem to tear them apart from one another, but through everything, they stick together. The importance of family is amplified by the choices of Walter and Beneatha because they appear to initiate fatal cracks in the Younger family’s foundation, but Mama is the cement who encourages her family to pull together as one unit....   [tags: Theatre]

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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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Play: A Raisin in the Sun

- During the 1950s, the stereotypical American dream was to have a house with a yard, a big car, and a happy family. People of all backgrounds migrated to America with a dream of getting educational and economical opportunities as well as religious and political freedom. But this was not so easy for African Americans during the time as they had just attained emancipation. Blacks and Whites during the 1950s were segregated to such an extent that going to the same school or using the same bathroom had been rather impossible....   [tags: Racial Segregation, Gender Discrimination]

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A Raisin in the Sun Ending

- When reading A Raisin in the Sun, I expected a significantly different ending than the actual conclusion. From the beginning, I made the assumption that only one character would use the money to finance their dreams, and the rest would simply have to deal with the disappointment of their missed opportunity. Compared to my expectations, I can confidently say that the conclusion of the play is satisfactory. Though some of the initial dreams of characters, such as Walter’s dream to open the liquor store, were not met, larger dreams seemed to be realized throughout the progression of the play....   [tags: screenplays, theater]

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Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

- ... Beneatha was the last member of the family; she is in her twenties, and still trying to figure out her future. Beneatha wanted so much out of life; she wanted to become a doctor, but at a time when an African American doctor was unheard of. Unlike her brother, Beneatha had a fresh outlook on life; she did not yet have to endure the hardships of tending to a family. Education was Beneatha’s focus; she felt that being educated would help her overcome every obstacle. The family members that Hansberry portrayed were in all different stages of life with different values....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun, Family, Negro, Black people]

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A Raisin in the Sun

- In A Raisin In the Sun Lorraine Hansberry uses everyday objects-a plant, money, and a home to symbolize a family's struggle to deal with racism and oppression in their everyday lives, as well as to exemplify their dreams. She begins with a vivid description of the family's weary, small, and dark apartment in Chicago's ghetto Southside during the 1950s. The Youngers are an indigent African-American family who has few choices in their white society. Each individual of the Younger family has a separate dream-Beneatha wants to become a doctor, Walter wants to open a liquor store, and Ruth and Mama want a new and better home....   [tags: American Literature]

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A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin In The Sun Poverty doesn't have to effect the people's personalities that I consumes like most of the Youngers. Mama, Ruth, and Beneatha did not let being poor make them envy any one who had money. Walter on the other hand was sick of the way he and his family had to live. He was fed-up and was desperate to make money any way he could think of for his family. " 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....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry]

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A Raisin in the Sun and Modern American Families

- Many modern families need things; they are hard pressed to make ends meet. Fathers and mothers want to be able to provide a comfortable and privileged life for their children. Just as in real life, Hansberry portrayed the family interactions within the play A Raisin in the Sun with this in mind. The younger family represents any lower-class family in America, not just those of colored descent. Every family deals with in-laws. Whether far away, or in the same house, in-laws affect a family, even after they have passed....   [tags: lower-class, family, children]

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Time and Intergenerational Conflict in A Raisin in the Sun

- In this essay I will be discussing the first performance of the play ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ in 1959 (A Raisin in the Sun [Performance] 1959) as the socio-political context of the play. The socio-political context of that time, then in turn influenced the characters. Firstly, I will discuss the socio-political context, then the characters of Mama and Walter. This will reveal how the nature of the society influenced each of the character’s views, morals and values. These differing ideals leads to the intergenerational conflict between Lena Younger (Mama) and Walter Lee Younger....   [tags: Lorraine hansberry, racism, great migration]

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The Effects of Dreams and Desires in a Raisin in the Sun

- Throughout the play, the characters’ dreams reflect something they feel that is missing in life; Benetha’s lack of identity and Walter’s lack of authority being two major points in the play. Like the continuous flow of nonsense from a desperate student’s brain through fingertips and onto a badly constructed paper, what the characters are lacking in life inspire the dreams that eventually cause their actions. In A Raisin in the Sun, the main characters’ attainment of his or her respective dream continuously affect their individual actions....   [tags: script, drama, play]

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A Raisin Of The Sun : Feminism And The Sexual Revolution

- The play, A Raisin in the Sun, has a very strong view of feminism in the 1960’s. The way that the females are portrayed and talked to in this play is not only an example of how the relationship between a man and a woman in society is unequal, but reflects a particular patriarchal ideology. Throughout this play, as the characters strive to achieve their dreams, the relationships that we see can be seen as feminist and as sexual stereotypes. Feminism is a perspective that views gender as one of the most important bases of the structure and organization of the social world....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Feminism]

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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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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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Do it the Right Way: A Raisin in the Sun

- Life is like a diet; if the individual does things correctly then he or she will be satisfied and pleased with the results. But, if the individual starts to cheat the diet and want faster results than what he or she is getting then he or she will not get the desired results. When people do not get the desired result they can make radical or unhealthy decisions that will not lead them to their goal but push them further away. Just like a person may be tempted to cheat their diet and eat a fun-sized candy because “it won’t hurt,” in life people cheat and make things out of lust or irrationality which ends up harming them....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry, literary 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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Putting Family First in The Raisin in the Sun

- ... Walter Lee and Willy Loman are a like because they both want to do good for their family. They want to give their children a life that neither one of them have never had before. Willy Loman was a salesman who use to go out on trips until he last one, because he nearly crashed several times. Since Willy no longer can go out on trips he decides to get a job in town. Before he starts the job his condition gets worse as time progresses. Once it’s time for Willy to go in to meet his new boss, he is happy and excited to start his new job, but then he gets bad news....   [tags: dreams, money, family, happiness]

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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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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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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. &#8220;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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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

- 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

- I really enjoyed the movie A Raisin in the Sun. It follows a black family's struggle to reach their long anticipated dreams. These dreams, and the struggles necessary to attain them, is one of the main focuses of the movie. The movie began with a husband, Walter, and wife, Ruth, fighting over Walter's dream to make it in the business world by using an insurance check as a down payment on opening a liquor store. He believes that if someone in the family would just listen to him and put forth their trust, his dreams would become a success....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury

- Character Development: A Raisin in the Sun Each character in A Raisin in the Sun has grown through out the play. The first character I will begin to talk about is Walter Lee Younger (brother). He is Passionate, ambitious, and bursting with the energy of his dreams, Walter Lee is a desperate man, influenced by with poverty and prejudice, and obsessed with a business idea that he thinks will solve all of his problems. He believes that through his business idea, he will collect all the money he will ever need....   [tags: Lorraine Hansbury Play Analysis Character Developm]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Part A: One striking aspect in “A Raisin in the Sun” was in Act II Scene III, when Bobo gives Walter the news that Willy went off with the money for the liquor business. I honestly did not think that would happen. I respected Willy to be one of Walter’s good friends. I thought they would invest in the liquor business together and make good money. I was in total disbelief when Bobo announced the bad news. Also in Act III, I did not expect Walter to change his mind about accepting Mr. Linder’s “exchange”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis of A Raisin in the Sun

- "A Raisin in the Sun" Analysis Upon walking out of Krannert's production of "A Raisin in the Sun," an eerie silence drizzled about the audience as people murmured and slowly shuffled towards the exits. After witnessing such a powerful yet melancholy piece of theater work, words seemed inappropriate. For three hours, "A Raisin in the Sun" encompassed us with racial, economic, and social issues of the 1950s. Swirling portions of humor, disgrace, pride, and sadness into a smooth blend, the play developed many twists and turns that kept the audience and myself completely alert....   [tags: Krannert]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- The play A Raisin In The Sun takes place in the south of Chicago, around the late fifties Setting The play “A Raisin In The Sun” takes place in the south of Chicago, around the late fifties. The scenes unfold in the Youngers’ apartment. It is a very small apartment with only a kitchen, a living/dining room and 2 little bedrooms. There is also a tiny bathroom that the Youngers have to share with their neighbours. Inside the apartment is very dark because there are only a few windows and the windows are extremely small....   [tags: English Literature]

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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

- 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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Dream Deferred in A Raisin in the Sun

- "What Happens to a Dream Deferred?" Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun. Or fester like a sore– And then run?" (Langston Hughes). It is important to never lose sight of one’s dream. Dreams are what keep people moving in life, but if they are ignored, they may morph and lose their prevailing form. This is evident in Lorraine Hansberry’s "A Raisin in the Sun", as Walter’s, Beneatha’s, and Mama’s dreams become delayed, distorted, and blurred. Walter has long dreamed of making his family’s condition better, of giving them wealth that his low-paying job is unable to do....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry]

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Issues Addressed in A Raisin in The Sun

- Black and White In the words of Jim Cocola and Ross Douthat, Hansberry wrote the play A Raisin in the Sun to mimic how she grew up in the 1930s. Her purpose was to tell how life was for a black family living during the pre-civil rights era when segregation was still legal (spark notes). Hansberry introduces us to the Youngers’, a black family living in Chicago’s Southside during the 1950s pre-civil rights movement. The Younger family consists of Mama, who is the head of the household, Walter and Beneatha, who are Mama’s children, Ruth, who is Walter’s wife, and Travis, who is Walter and Ruth’s son....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry]

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A Raisin In The Sun: A Dream Deferred

- “What happens to a dream deferred?” (Hughes l. 1) Langston Hughes asks in his 1959 poem “Dream Deferred.” He suggests that it might “dry up like a raisin in the sun” (Hughes ll. 2-3) or “stink like rotten meat” (Hughes l. 6); however, at the end of the poem, Hughes offers another alternative by asking, “Or does it explode?” (Hughes l. 11) This is the view Lorraine Hansberry supports in her 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, in witch she examines an African-American’s family’s struggle to break out of the poverty that is preventing them from achieving some sort of financial stability, or the American Dream....   [tags: Langston Hughes]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- Raisin in the Sun In the story “Raisin in the Sun” there is basically a group of characters all in one family living in a small apartment with everyday their love dying a little more. The family is black and through the whole play it shows how segregation was played in the 1950's. Ruth Younger is a wife of Walter Younger and a Mother of Travis Younger who is living in a small living assortment and just wants to get away and move on to something bigger and something more independent. Now with her being pregnant everything for her is just going down hill....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun Throughout the play, A Raisin in the Sun, the character Beneatha talks about finding her identity. The concept of assimilation becomes very important to the Younger family. Neither of the members of the Younger family wanted to assimilate into mainstream America, they just want to live comfortably. The Youngers are an African American family living on the south side of Chicago in the 1950s. They were living during an era where America was extremely racist towards blacks. The Younger family was made up of Mama, the backbone of the family, her daughter Beneatha, her son Walter, his wife Ruth, and his son Travis....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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 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 Doll's House A Raisin in the Sun

- A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen, and A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, both have central themes of search of self-identity within a social system. This is demonstrated by women characters from both plays breaking away from the social standards of their times and acting on their own terms. In most situations women are to be less dominant than men in society. These two plays are surprisingly different from the views of women in society and of the times and settings that they take place in....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- One of the first ideas mentioned in this play, A Raisin In the Sun, is about money. The Younger's end up with no money because of Walter's obsession with it. When Walter decides not to take the extra money he is offered it helps prove Hansberry's theme. Her theme is that money can't buy happiness. This can be seen in Walter's actions throughout the play. While Mama is talking to Walter, she asks him why he always talks about money. "Mama: Oh--So now it's life. Money is life. Once upon a time freedom used to be life--now it's money....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin In the Sun Staci King Lorraine Hansberry A-2 PCP Penguin Books 10-29-99 1988 Rpt. 2 A Raisin In the Sun is a drama play that takes place “sometime between World War II and the present.” The family lived in Chicago’s Southside. The town was very “dusky” and as each day passed the nights got colder. The Younger family lived in a small old apartment with only two small rooms....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- &#9;Society in the 1959 was full of racial discrimination. White and blacks were still living in their own &quot;areas&quot;, 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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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun is a classic tragedy. Through struggle the Younger’s all experience some hardship in learning the value of money and equality. I will have to say that the play was very interesting yet hard to watch. My first impression was that the stage was slanted. I’m still not sure why the stage was slanted and would love to ask the director of why it was slanted. Secondly, the actors were very hard to hear due to their soft speaking. From the play I received two major underlying messages....   [tags: essays research 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

- The play depicts the feelings and thoughts of the people of their time. Their feelings are different then what we see today in our lives. The family had to deal with poverty and racism. Not having enough money and always being put down because of the color of their skin held them back from having a lot of self-respect and dignity. I think that Mama was the one who had the most pride and held the family together. Ruth was being prevented from having a baby because of money problems, Walter was bringing him self down by trying to make the liquor store idea work....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Raisin in the Sun Character Analysis

- The play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry has many interesting characters. In my opinion, the most fascinating character is Ruth because of her many emotions and captivating personality. She goes through extreme emotions in the play such as happiness, sadness, anger, stress, and confusion. Ruth is very independent, firm, kind, witty, and loving. Ruth has an intriguing personality. She is very loving towards her family. She will do all in her power to improve the lifestyle of her family....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

- The Younger family is an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. Walter Lee Younger’s father has passed away, leaving ten thousand dollars from life insurance. This drama deals with how the family copes with this money, their dreams, race, and each other. During the play, Mama says, “Sometimes you just have to know when to give up some things…and hold on to what you got.” This statement relates to Walter, Beneatha, and Mama’s lives, because they each learn to give up and hold onto things....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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Racism and the American Dream in Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

- A Raisin in the Sun is written by a famous African- American play write, Lorraine Hansberry, in 1959. It was a first play written by a black woman and directed by a black man, Lloyd Richards, on Broadway in New York. The story of A Raisin in the Sun is based on Lorraine Hansberry’s own early life experiences, from which she and her whole family had to suffer, in Chicago. Hansberry’s father, Carol Hansberry, also fought a legal battle against a racial restrictive covenant that attempted to stop African- American families from moving in to white neighborhoods....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Critical Analysis]

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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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African American Living in the Past: A Raisin in the Sun

- It is already a very well known fact that African Americans went through a lot of torment through the 1920s until the later 1960s. Even as time went by, only a small amount of things changed. Racism may have died down a bit, but remains in existence. The play A Raisin in the Sun by African American female, Lorraine Hansberry, depicts the real life of African Americans between the 1920s and the 1960s. This time period for an African American was rather tough. The living situations for African Americans were made even more difficult than they would have already been due to their skin color and the government's decisions (ex....   [tags: Loraine Hansberry, historic plays]

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Parallel Themes in the Plays, The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun

- In the plays The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun, both tried to soak up the dreams they all had envisioned. The hardships of life and trying to get that dream can be a struggle. In both plays reality was a major factor of disrupting them from pushing towards it. In a Raisin in the Sun it was Prejudice and being black people. In The Glass Menagerie it was probably Laura the disabled sister and daughter. The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the sun are similar in ways of how they live and differences in generation....   [tags: Williams, Hansberry, compare, contrast]

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The Strength of Family in Death of a Salesman and A Raisin in the Sun

- The American Dream is a vision of economic opportunity available to all those who work for it, regardless of race or class. However, as seen in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”, perverted conceptions of the American Dream convince certain characters that they are entitled to the fruits of miracles. Despite their best intentions for supporting their families, Walter Younger and Willy Loman encounter unsurpassable obstacles and are unable to fulfill their dreams....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Live a Dream to Face Reality in Raisin in the Sun

- ... People were being treated like a piece of dirt. Our own society, when in all doubt we were supposed to turn to each other, see one another has an equal. Kind of in a way Walter Younger wanted this. What made him any more different than a white man. He wanted to prove the color of his skin would not be a restraint. Both the speech and novel related on this topic very well. Neither of them showed the desire to be superior, but to be considered equal. To add on, Another thing in common both the novel written by Lorraine Hansberry and the speech showed similarities in wanting to live the american dream....   [tags: Martin Luther King, segregation, speech]

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Racial Identity in A Raisin in the Sun: Who Am I?

- Growing up as a child during the 1970s in a predominantly African American neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles, the differences between me and my playmates never occurred to me. Although my mother and I eventually moved to the suburbs, my father remained there well into my adulthood. However, it was not until late childhood, while visiting my father on weekends, that I started to differentiate between my friends and myself, and my father’s home and my home. The realization I was different may have come about because of the piercing stares and turned heads at the neighborhood market....   [tags: Theatre]

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Who Am I?: Racial Identity in A Raisin in the Sun

- Growing up as a child during the 1970s in Lynwood, a predominantly African American neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles, I never realized the differences between my playmates and myself. Although my mother and I eventually moved to the suburbs, my father remained there. However, it was not until late childhood, while visiting my father on weekends, that I began to differentiate between my friends and myself. Maybe the piercing stares and turned heads at the neighborhood market led to this discovery....   [tags: Theatre]

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

- Chasing the American Dream in A Raisin in the Sun A Raisin in the Sun is a play about an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. This family is going through many struggles, both within the family and financially. The family is awaiting an insurance check. The story focuses on the individual dreams of each family member and what they want to do with the money. The family struggles to mend their family issues along with deciding what they will do with the money....   [tags: african-american, blacks, whites]

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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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Comparing Themes of To Kill a Mockingbird and A Raisin in the Sun

- To Kill a Mockingbird and A Raisin in the Sun are books both written during a time of racial tension and inequality. Harper Lee and Lorraine Hansberry lived through the civil rights movement and saw the physical and verbal harassment against African Americans. This experience is evident in both works as the theme of fighting prejudice shines through. The goal of this paper is to compare and contrast the theme in both books and how it affected both of the families. Also, throughout the paper I will examine the themes of innocence and fighting prejudice....   [tags: compare and contrast]

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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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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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Summary of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

- Story Map Title: A Raisin in the Sun Setting: Chicago’s South Side sometime between World War II and the 1950s. More specifically, the play centers on the five living relatives of the Younger family after the death of the father – “Big Walter Lee” Younger. The location in which the entirety of the drama unfolds is in the Younger’s compact, but increasingly uncom-fortable two-bedroom apartment (although in the 1961 screenplay some scenes took place in other settings). The situation they are in is compounded by the fact that the only bathroom available is also shared by all the other tenants in the building....   [tags: african americans, money, happiness]

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

- Everyone has their own definition of an American Dream. Some people think the American Dream involves wealth and fame, while others refer to it as happiness and freedom. Lorriane Hansberry proves that the American Dream is obtainable for everyone. In, A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry explains the American Dream with distinctive characters, a well-rounded theme, and specific symbols. Hansberry uses unique characters to describe the American Dream. Every character has a different view on the American Dream....   [tags: happiness, freedom]

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Reading Act 1 Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- On April 4, 2014, I presented a lesson that focused on the assigned reading of Act I in Raisin in the Sun. The main goal of the class was to get students to use higher level thinking to analyze the text and find the themes and deeper meaning in the play. This reflection will focus on some of the strength and weaknesses of the lesson and my instruction. One of the main struggles within the lesson was how to effectively use time to cover all the goals of my plan. This lesson was challenged by the time constraints of having a 50-minute class period and a quiz that was taking 25 minutes of the class....   [tags: lesson, thinking, students]

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Lorraine Hansbury's A Raisin in the Sun

- When your dreams are set aside, delayed or deferred you can experience a number of different emotions. You might feel frustration or angst, angry at the obstacles that might be holding you back from pursuing your dream and worried that you may never be able to reach your goals. You may feel stuck or defeated, if you think that your dream has no sustenance to keep it alive. You could feel defensive if those who you would expect to support you in your pursuit of happiness are instead turning against you and resisting the actions that you are taking in order to reach your goals....   [tags: literary analysis]

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

- ... Walter is ready to be the family hero. Walters chauffeur job isn’t bringing enough money home and isn’t buying them a bigger house for them to live in so his plan in progress is to open up a liquor store with the money his mother is getting from his dad’s passing. Although Walter is clung to the idea that he can use the money, he is still not sure. He has his head in the clouds about the liquor store that instead of overcoming his struggles, he causes conflict with his family. Men have also been known for being respected in the household, and being listened; what they say goes....   [tags: Man, Gender, Working class, Family]

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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 Pursuit of a Dream in A Raisin in the Sun, The Achievement of Desire and Fences

- ... Even though the “scholarship boy” has enough intellectual knowledge to be aware of his temporary problems, he doesn’t make any changes. His selfishness dynamically expresses later on in adulthood, he tends to separates himself from his parents. It can be concluded that all of his success is come from the help and scarification of his parent. He would respect and appreciate them. However, he develops a sense of disrespect and ungrateful to his parents. The man obviously does nothing to compensate for his parent scarification “Your parent must be really proud of you.” The man then tries to balances “home” and “school things....   [tags: determination to go after a goal]

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Beneatha as a paradigm for African American Women in A Raisin in The Sun

- In Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun a number of social issues are both explicitly and subtly exemplified through out the characters experiences and relationships. Living in a cramped Chicago apartment, the Youngers’ display both influential goals and conflicting restraints. Beneatha Youngers is a controversial character; she complicates society’s typical gender roles, introduces the wrestle between assimilation and ancestry of African-Americans, but specifically serves as a paradigm for her generation in the play....   [tags: Theatre]

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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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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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