Analysis of A Raisin in the Sun Essay

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"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. Throughout the three acts I could feel the audience, as well as myself, totally devoting themselves to the play. But after taking a step back, the play proved to
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With three hours of dialogue, I predicted that the children would slowly become bored and jittery. But on the contrary, most seemed very attentive and absorbed in the play. Observing their behavior really inspired me to learn and fully absorb the play as well.

The production spearheaded with a solemn poem by Langston Hughes entitled "Harlem." Preparing for an emotionally empowering theater piece, the poem quieted the audience and placed a serious blanket over us. While appropriate for me, I found it extremely coincidental that the poem's title, ties in directly with James Baldwin and his extensive writings on the 1943 Harlem race riots. With the lights off and just a solitary voice reciting the poem, it gave us, the audience, an immediate notion of play's melancholy style.

Without delay, the stage lit up after the poem. The story jumps in with an African American family, the Youngers, in the 1950s. They live and work honestly, in one of south side Chicago's apartments. When an unexpected ten thousand dollars enters their lives greed, envy, and events involving racism also pour in. One distinct time‑frame characteristic of the play dealt with what they called African Americans. In class, we learned through James Baldwin's essays that "Negro" was a common term for African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s. The actors in the production, also set in the 1950s, did not once refer to themselves as "Negroes," but rather as
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