Lorraine Hansberry Is An African American Play Writer Who

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Lorraine Hansberry is an African American play writer who wrote the play “A Raisin in the Sun.” The Play highlights the lives of a lower-class Black American family in the 1950s living under racial segregation and oppression in Chicago. The title of the play was inspired from the poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes. The poem questions “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” (Hansberry, 2013, p. 976). The protagonist, Walter Lee Younger, struggles internally with dissatisfaction of obtaining his dream of becoming successful. The play transitions of the tone of the protagonist as being defiant, argumentative, inattentive, in which; he experiences an epiphany and has a brighter perception that the most…show more content…
The protagonist, Walter Lee Younger, a chauffeur, wants to achieve economic freedom by becoming successful through owning his own business. During this time, racial oppression prevented African American from being an owner of a business. Beneatha Younger, his sister, is a college student that wants to use the money to pursue medical school and become a doctor. In addition, an African American female pursuing a doctorate degree was unlikely. Mama Younger and Ruth Younger wants to have stability for the family by living in a house. Though, the affordable home is in a white neighborhood. African American families wouldn’t move into white neighborhoods because of racial discrimination. In a way, the dreams are similar. The family is fighting oppression of racism by using the money to break societal barriers. The Younger family struggle to attain these dreams. Through the protagonist, the theme of family unification is prominent which is displayed in his internal conflict where he threatens to belittle his family pride to gain personal success. Mama Walter’s plant is symbolic which is seen throughout the play. In the first scene, she is attracted and concerned about the plant. She provides nourishment and care, but complains that the plant needs more sunlight so it can grow and blossom. Even though not grown under the best environment, the plant does not perish under her

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