Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin Essay

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A Raisin in the Sun is a dramatic play written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1957 and debut on Broadway in 1959. Lorraine Hansberry used the title A Raisin in the Sun from Harlem A Dream Deferred a poem by Langston Hughes, Which ponders the question of what happens to a dream if it’s never achieved. The play helps shed light on the lives and struggles of a black family during the Civil Rights movement.
The play was set in the Southside of Chicago during the Civil Rights movement, sometime between 1945 and 1957. At this time racism is very high and the country is in turmoil because the blacks are fighting for their right to be treated as equals to the white population. It takes place in a small two bedroom apartment in a poor, all black neighborhood. The family in the play, The Youngers, are an extended family of five, soon to be six. The family has lived there for many years and the furnishings in their home are clean but worn out and faded from time and use. Their living room, also used as the dining room, slopes downward toward the back of the room, to an area that is the kitchen, where two small windows are located, that let in very little sunlight. The two bedrooms in the apartment are shared by the adults in the family, one by Walter and Ruth, and the second one by Mama and and Beneatha, while ten year old travis sleeps on the couch in the living room. The bathroom is down the hall of the apartment building, which they have to share with all their neighbors on the same…

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