Lorraine Hansberry

1192 WordsNov 10, 20055 Pages
Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun The characters in Lorraine Hansberry's play are very significant in understanding the play. The characters are examples of they way Lorraine lived day by day her live when she was a kid. The success of the play was brought out by the characters and her way of keeping our interest with each one of them. They characters are very critical in understanding the play. There were four main characters that made the play a sellout, Lena, Ruth, Beneatha and Walter Lee. Each one of these characters had a dream to try to accomplish. The Characters portray the plays meaning in the way the play evolved into a masterpiece. Lorraine Hansberry studied African history while working on A Raisin in the Sun.…show more content…
She is up set and smacks Beneatha when Beneatha tells her that she does not believe in God. Mama tells her that if she lives in her house she must believe in God. Henry Hewes opinion was that ^the play contained dramaturgical implications which were brought out by Walter^ (Hewes 212). Theophilus Lewis notion was ^the drama had a great sense of spiritual conflict in the area of Walter Younger^s soul with an obbligato of social awareness^ (Lewis 216). According to James Baldwin he thought this play was ^excellent and never before in the entire history of the American theater had so much of the truth of Black peoples lives been on stage^ (Baldwin 55). Many critics thought that the characters had most to do with the play an how the play was perceived. Jordan Y. Miller thought ^A Raisin in the Sun is one of the greatly enhanced by well ordered revelation of the events which are so important in the lives of the characters^ (Miller). Also Lorraine Hansberry kept our interest by developing the characters through out the play. The characters are people who collaborated with other people and confronting there confusion and anger. Gerald Weales thought the play was old fashion and had almost no serious playwright. However he thought ^the plays strength lied in the characters and the problem of Walter Lee^ (Weales). If the play was to be written differently it would have had no real significant meaning. Amari Baraka another dramatist ^liked the play and
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