Racial Discrimination In A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

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The play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is an accurate representation of how much of a role racial discrimination played during the 1950’s for African Americans in America. The poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes ties in very closely to this subject because they both discuss the views of the African American people during this time period and how they were being affected by the racial discrimination. Lorraine Hansberry included “Harlem” as the epigraph to the start of A Raisin in the Sun to set the mood of the novel. The mood tells the reader this story isn’t going to be a perfect happy story, there will be struggles and pain, but it makes the characters who they are. The purpose of Hansberry writing A Raisin in the Sun is to include her stance on racial discrimination by putting her thoughts as the characters own, to show how not all dreams are so easily attainable sometimes due to financial situations,…show more content…
The Younger family all had their own dreams and knew exactly where they wanted to be socially and economically in their lives so they were putting in sweat and tears to that point. Yet once again their race puts them in the backseat and forces many struggles upon the family. “Why you tell the boy things like that for? says Walter as he reaches into his pocket getting Travis the coin. He then reaches into his pocket and pulls out another fifty cents and tells Travis to spend it on anything he wanted while Ruth sat back angry that Walter went against her and what she had told Travis” (31) this shows just how they managed their money and how hard it was for them to agree on anything financially causing problems within their problems. Walter and Ruth want to raise Travis to his full potential and not have to have him worry about the kind of economic crisis the family is
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