Examples Of Racism In A Raisin In The Sun

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Many artist use their form of expression to provoke feelings and thoughts that can give individuals more insight on a certain topic. In the play, A Raisin In the Sun. Author Lorraine Hansberry depicts the rollercoaster of the 1950’s. African Americans faced racial discrimination in many forms. In this play, the Youngers are a poor African-American family living on the southside of Chicago. In the play there are 5 main characters. There’s Walter who has has a job a a taxi driver, Beneatha who is a soon to be doctor, Travis Walters son, Ruth Walter’s wife, and Mama is Walter and Beneatha's mom. The Younger family are given an opportunity to escape from poverty because of a $10,000 life insurance check that the matriarch of the family Mama receives upon her husband's death. In the play the depiction of racial discrimination deciphers where the Younger family end up. Though there are numerous themes that can be associated with this play Lorraine Hansberry prominently displays how racial discrimination can carve out the path of the Younger’s life.

To begin with, racism was displayed towards black people by black people. Many African-Americans assimilated to the American culture which included the unimportance to the African culture and one's purpose in the United States as an African American. In the play this idea is implied on page 103, “Education has spoiled many good plow hands” (Hansberry, 103). This quote was referring to Beneatha, a young African Women studying to

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