Analysis of A Raisin in the Sun

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The era during which a drama is written can altogether change or exemplify certain motives, that if written in another time, would not only be misread but could also possibly be entirely unrecognized. It is during the era of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, that two prominent dramatists, Amiri Baraka and Lorraine Hansberry, sought the perfect opportunity to create plays that brought forth, with earnestness and directness, the great trials faced daily by African-Americans throughout the United States. Through their two protagonist's interactions with a representation of the white race of that time, Walter Lee's handling Mr. Lindner in A Raisin In the Sun, and the oppression of Clay caused by Lula in The Dutchman, the very the…show more content…
Hansberry, does not allow Walter to initially triumph, but rather forces him to challenge himself. Walter, in her design, is all that stands between the oppression carried out by Lindner, and her view of the white race, and of an establishing of pride for his family. Walter becomes the route between white dominance and his failure, or his triumph and assertion of pride and a victory for the family. While Hansberry portrays race relations through the cunning and polite oppression headed by Lindner, another contemporary of her time, Amiri Baraka, in his drama The Dutchman, brings to view a much more aggressive, and yet still effective representation of the same oppression. The play's design is once again situated around an African-American male in the Civil Rights Era, but in this instance, it is not his pride, dreams, or will that is on trial, but rather it is his meeting of a white woman, and their subsequent interaction, that provoke the aggressive nature of the white-black race relations of the 1960s. Through the development of their conversation, each response slowly delves back towards the great underlying issues of the prevalence of racism and its continual role in a heated society. The African-American, Clay, is represented as a victim of Baraka's view of racism, that of a violent and

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