Racial Disccrimination in a Raisin in the Sun Essay

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The late 1950s was filled with racial discriminations. There was still sections living as well as public signs of Colored and Whites. Blacks and Whites were not for any change or at least not yet. A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, tells a story of a black family that is struggling to gain a middle class acceptance in Chicago. The family of five, one child and four adults live in a tiny apartment that is located in a very poor area. Dreams of owning a business and having money to accomplish goals is two key parts played out throughout the whole play. Walter Younger is determined to have his own business and he will go to ends met to see that dream come true. Financial bridges are crossed and obstacles arise when Walter…show more content…
blacks ignored theater because theater ignored them (p.1461).” Martin Luther King played a big part in the racial battle to being all equal. He wrote a letter while being in jail in Birmingham for eight days. He composed a letter which was a response back to a letter that was posted in the local newspaper saying that his protest was “unwise and untimely.” He wrote his letter for a national audience as did Lorraine Hansberry. She as did Martin Luther King wanted people to notice and to pay attention to the ways blacks were living, as well as what was going unseen or talked about behind closed doors. The people of that time listened up to what Martin Luther King had to say and when he was finally released from jail the protest assumed a larger scale and more confrontational characters. That lets you know that whether it be a book or it be a letter the people were affect and they were ready to make an effect themselves. There were obvious quotes throughout A Raisin in the Sun that let you know how the characters felt and what was going through. You came up to me and you said… "Mr. Asagai – I want very much to talk with you. About Africa. You see, Mr. Asagai, I am looking for my identity!" He then goes to laugh about it. Asagai is playing with Beneatha about how he wishes to learn more about African culture. It seems that only a few years after the play was done that many of the blacks wanted to know more about their African roots; therefore begin to explore them. I guess

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