In the 50’s the “American Dream” revolved around materialistic values. Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, focuses on the Younger family with each member possessing a distinct dream and their struggle in a prejudice society. The title of the play is based on Harlem by Langston Hughes, a poem that raises the question about a dream deferred. “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?.... Or does it explode?”(Hughes 1-10).
A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry and whose title was derived from the poem Harlem by Langston Hughes, is a tragic play taking place in South Side, Chicago, where it portrays the life of an African American family known as the Youngers in the 1950s. The play, A Raisin in the Sun, reflects modern thought by reconstructing the ideals of a modern family in American society through the idea of assimilation and its cause of cultural clashes, how wealth plays a role in social status, and how racial discrimination is still pervasive today even after movements that brought such changes of better equality to light. The assimilation movement that appears as the primary contender for cultural clashes within the play presents the social struggle
The younger family are three generations of an African American family that lives in a small apartment together on the South Side of Chicago. The play is set in a postwar era that focuses in the younger family struggle’s with poverty and the big decision of moving in to a bigger house in the all-white neighborhood of Clybourne Park. The book investigates them of discrimination, black pride, gender, and sacrifices. The story is based on Hansberry’s own experiences with dealing with housing discrimination and the racially consumed peope in the Washington Park
The content and style of Sondheim’s musicals work together to speak to the themes of his work. Each show has a slightly different theme, but certain ideas string together all of his works. For example, many of his shows deal with the idea of duality and the extremes; in his shows, he portrays every topic as multi-faceted, neither one thing nor the other. Consequently, his lyrics use concepts of “binary polarity and the transformations of opposites into each other” (Banfield, 9). Because he writes each character to live in the gray area between two extremes, antagonists in his stories do not have purely evil intentions.
Reader Response: 3 “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, is a play about a black families experience in 1950s South Side Chicago. The story revolves around what happens to the family when Lena Younger, the matriarch of the family, receives a ten thousand dollar life insurance check upon the death of her husband. Everyone from the family has different plans for what they want to do with the money. Lena Younger serves as the head of the family. She is Walter and Beneatha’s caring mother so they and Ruth call her Mama.
The people disagreed and they gave it a nick name, “not even worth a continental”. Soon the Internal Revenue Act put a tax on alcohol, tobacco, playing cards, dice, billiard tables, carriages, yachts, medicine, advertisements, manufactured and farmed goods, licenses, stamps inheritances, and dividends. This was used so the northern economy would not overheat. Henry put Chase as Treasury secretary. Jay Cooke used patriotism and capitalism to persuade his colleagues and customers to contribute to the war effort.
Lorraine Hansberry, author of the play A Raisin In The Sun, was the first ever African American woman to ever have a play published and later have it performed on Broadway. Hansberry was born on May 30th 1930 in Chicago Illinois into a middle class family where she lived with her grandmother who was a freed slave, her father, mother and the 3 of her siblings. Her father was a very successful real estate broker and her mother was a teacher. Once Lorraine was 8 years old, her family moved into a white neighbourhood. Her family did not move due to the racism in the neighbourhood, and therefore took his situation to court.
He becomes a garbage man, but wonders why he can’t be a truck driver, and determines it has something to do with race. This play won five awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony. The next play, the fourth, is “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”, which takes place in the 1910’s and was released in 1988. This play explores how the first generation of free African American’s deal with racism and intolerance in the real world. Another play regarding racism, this is when Wilson truly began to show his distaste for intolerance.
Throughout the book, some of his personality traits make it harder for him to obtain his goal, while his other traits help him. Walter’s American Dream of opening a liquor store and becoming successful is affected by his personality traits of selfishness, pride, and ambition. Although it sounds like negative trait, selfishness actually helps Walter get closer to his dream. This he
However, there are civil rights issues going on today and one of them is racial profiling. Racial profiling has affected many African American individuals as they are still untrusted by many white people. The play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, tells a story about a black family who lives in the 1950s and the struggles that they went through due to their skin color. This story shows the contrast of how much progress society has made but points out the problems it faces today. The United States has made large steps in their progress of becoming a more equal society, by having an African American president and interracial couples being accepted; however, it still faces challenges that many individuals are fighting to