A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry A Raisin in the Sun is a play written by Lorraine Hansberry, which debuted on broad way in 1959. They play takes place sometime in the 1950’s, a time period wrought with social issues which were ignored by the general public. The play concentrates on the Younger family; Ruth, Travis, Walter Lee, Beneatha, and Lena, the family head. The events of the play take place over the course of only a few weeks, where-in the Younger family is to receive a large sum of money for the death of Lena’s husband. The family is then torn between what they all want from the money, causing conflict. Ultimately they move into a house in an all-white neighborhood. (Hansberry 1959) Lena’s husband, Mr. Younger,…show more content…
She does a magnificent job of conveying the racial tension between blacks and whites. Unfortunately, she does not completely express her views on abortion in the play. She does introduce it, as another piece of conflict our main characters must overcome. Again, for this time period, addressing either of these topics was taboo, and Hansberry does an incredible job. This play was captivating, and highly entertaining. I enjoyed the way she portrayed each character as well rounded individuals and not one of them were a stereotype. I would highly recommend my friends read this play. If I could meet Hansberry I would want to know what spurred her to write a play like this in her time period. Bibliography Chandler, Kimberley. "1950's." HAIS, Houston. 18 Feb. 2016. Lecture. Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. New York: Random House, 1959. Print. Newman, John J., and John M. Schmalbach. United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination. New York, N.Y: Amsco School Publications, 2014. Print. -------------------------------------------- [ 1 ]. “That’s it. There you are. Man say to his woman: I got me a dream. His woman say: Eat your eggs. Man say: I got to take hold of this here world baby! And a woman will say: Eat your eggs and go to work. Man say: I got to change my life, I’m choking to death, baby! And his woman say: Your eggs is getting
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