A Raisin in the Sun Essays

  • Analysis Of A Raisin In The Sun

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    Vivian Hansberry (1930-1965) wrote her play, a raisin in the sun, in 1959. Its title is taken from "Harlem (Dream Deferred)", a poem by Langston Hughes. "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up? Like a raisin in the sun?" The poet is asking what would happen to our dreams if we gave up on them and did not try to make them real. They would be like grapes when they are left in the sun as no longer the fruit filled with juices. "[a raisin in the sun] is the story of two generations whose "dream

  • Symbolism In Raisin In The Sun

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    author of Raisin in The Sun. Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, and novelis. Hansberry met Hughes as a child, His poem Harlem (A dream deferred) influenced Hansberry to write her play in response to the topic question “What Happens To a dream deferred”?. The main idea of the story was to answer the topic question and it did just that by using symbolism. There were 3 characters who were used to symbolise what happens to a dream deferred. In her play, Raisin in the sun, Hansberry

  • Racism In A Raisin In The Sun

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    historical lens, looking specifically at the economic struggles, the struggle of unequal opportunity, and the housing covenant that African-American’s faced in the 1950’s, Hansberry’s message of A Raisin in the Sun is revealed: the perseverance of an ethnic minority in a time of racial discrimination. A Raisin in the Sun is set in a time of great racial discrimination, the 1950’s in the united States. This featured racism towards those of color or non-caucasians, and the struggles commonly faced by the African-American

  • Materialism In A Raisin In The Sun

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    Langston Hughes once wrote, “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up / like a raisin in the sun?” In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, it opens with a family of five living in an apartment in Chicago’s Southside during the 19050s and struggles socially and economically as they dream of a better life (486). The recurring theme that family is more important than materialism is shown as Walter proves his masculinity by helping his family to move out of the apartment. Throughout the play, Walter

  • Hardships In A Raisin In The Sun

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    Hardships of the Youngers In Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun, the characters of Mama, Walter ,and Beneatha are faced with hardships associated with their dreams being destroyed by discriminatory housing,racial inequality and lack of support from her family towards her education. In the play all the characters have some kind of dream. Mama wants to get a house for the family, Walter wants to have money to provide for his family and plans to do that with a liquor store, and Beneatha

  • Raisin In The Sun Character

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    In Lorraine Hansberry’s play,” A Raisin in the Sun” Beneatha Younger has great dreams for her future, but there are issues such as, race, education, and gender that stand in the way. Beneatha’s dreams of finding who she really is and becoming a doctor are affected by her gender in the play. Walter says to Beneatha,“I'm interested in you. Something wrong with that? Ain’t many girls who decide…to become a Doctor” Bennie helps him finish his sentence (Hansberry 36). There were female doctors in the

  • A Raisin In The Sun Analysis

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    A Raisin in the Sun Money is one of the things in the world that a person can become obsessed with. In the story “A Raisin in the sun” the author Lorraine Hansberry shows how a family is changed by the lust of money. A widow, Lena, her son Walter Younger, his wife Ruth and daughter Beneatha all lived under the same roof. Lena just lost her husband and is receiving a check for his death. With the money, Lena wants to buy a new house for the whole family to live in but everyone else in the family sees

  • Character Changes In A Raisin In The Sun

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    There are tons people everyday that are made fun of because either they dont look like everyone else, or they don 't act like everyone else. In the book A Raisin In The Sun written by Lorraine Hansberry, An African American family lives in the suburbs of Chicago pre civil rights movement trying to find a better life outside of their rundown apartment. In the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding Toula changes her appearance so she can go out with the guy she likes. When they see each other it was love at

  • A Raisin In The Sun Analysis

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    happy about the idea of moving, because she specified that the house was in an all-white neighborhood. Later in the play Lena gave Walter $6,500 dollars to use a portion and to leave some money for his sister. In Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun”, each character has a dream or goal that is altered by the events of the play. Walter is an ambitious and passionate man who works as a limousine driver. He’s obsessed with a business idea that he thinks will solve all of his economic and social

  • What Is The Reading Of A Raisin In The Sun

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    Play Reading Report Date: 10/6/17 Student Name: Lauren Harless Title: A Raisin in the Sun Author: Loraine Hansberry Major Characters: • Walter Younger: A humble chauffer living in a dreary house who dreams of a better future • Ruth Younger: Walter’s wife, newly pregnant, and is constantly burdened by the family’s money issue • Beneatha Younger: Sister of Walter; Aspiring to be a doctor and explores ways to express herself • Mama (Lena) Younger, “Mama”: The “bastion” set in her ways, but also

  • The Theme Of Dreams In A Raisin In The Sun

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    Poems are tools used to demonstrate dissatisfaction. The play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry leads by foreshadowing its theme of crushed dreams by starting with the poem A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes. The play follows an African-American family in 1950s Chicago, consisting of protagonist Walter Lee Younger, his son Travis, his wife and Travis’ mother Ruth, sister Beneatha, and mother/grandmother Lena, called simply “Mama” in the play. Walter is ambitious and wants to move out of

  • A Raisin In The Sun Character Analysis

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    In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, thoughts of femininity and masculinity are woven throughout the play. The play is set in the 1950s, a time where racial tension still existed among black and white Americans even though segregation no longer existed. A Raisin in the Sun is about the Youngers, an African American family living in the slums of Chicago. The father has just passed away, and the family is about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. Each family member has his or her own

  • Theme Of Racism In A Raisin In The Sun

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    “A Raisin In The Sun” is a play written by Lorraine Hansberry that first premiered on Broadway in 1959. The title, “A Raisin In The Sun”, comes from the poem “Harlem”, also known as “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes. The story is about a black family’s experiences in the South Side of Chicago as they try to move to Clybourne Park, an entirely white neighborhood. They try to “better” themselves with an insurance check following the death of their father. This play sets the stage for multiple discussions

  • Gender Roles In A Raisin In The Sun

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    stereotypes and started to challenge their roles in a family and in the society. The play, A Raisin in the Sun, portrays the lives of African–Americans during the 1950s. Lorraine Hansberry, a writer and a social activist, reinforced the traditional gender roles, especially female’s, by depicting how the Youngers interact and how they act in an economical struggle. Throughout the play, A Raisin in the Sun, she uses Walter Lee Younger, Ruth Younger and Lena Younger to reinforce the traditional role

  • Theme Of Ownership In A Raisin In The Sun

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    Different Suns: Ownership and Dreams in A Raisin in the Sun In 1959 Lorraine Hansberry, at the age of 29, became the first African-American female playwright to have her play produced on a Broadway stage. In 1960 Lorraine Hansberry adapted her play into a screenplay, which then materialized into a 1961 film of the same name. The film was directed by Daniel Petrie and starred Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Roy Glenn, and Louis Gossett, Jr— an almost entirely black

  • Examples Of Heroism In A Raisin In The Sun

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    matriarch of the family receives upon her husband 's death. Each of the adult members of the family has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. As the play progresses, the Youngers clash over their competing dreams. In “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, the role of the hero stays the same in Act I and Act II, but changes in Act III depending on the overall dramatic situation, yet theme of

  • The Importance Of Family In A Raisin In The Sun

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    Family is important to everyone in some way because family sticks together no matter what. The play A Raisin in the Sun is about a black family named the Youngers and the hardships they face together as a family. In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Ruth Younger is motivated by her family. This is shown by Ruth wanting to make her family happy, her working even though she is tired, and later when Ruth finds out there is going to be another mouth to feed. Ruth Younger is constantly worrying

  • A Raisin In The Sun Film Analysis

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    “A Raisin in the Sun,” written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1959, was the first play ever produced on Broadway by an African-American woman and was considered ground-breaking for it’s time. Titled after Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem,” sometimes known as “A Dream Deferred,” the play and the subsequent film adaptations are honest examinations of race, family, poverty, discrimination, oppression and even abortion in urban Chicago after WWII. The original play was met with critical praise, including a

  • Generational Gap In A Raisin In The Sun

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    Question 1: Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun The play “A Raisin in the Sun” is about a coloured or black family of five people staying in the south-side of Chicago in the United States of America. The family of five lives in a two bedroomed apartment, which they all share. This has been home to Lena Younger (the head of the family) which she shared with her late husband. Life is difficult for the Younger family as they struggle from day to day to improve their poor living conditions. There

  • The American Dream In A Raisin In The Sun

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    Race and “The American Dream” in A Raisin in the Sun In A Raisin in the Sun the Youngers, a middle to lower working class African-American family, living in the Southside of Chicago, exhibits dreams and aspirations typically propagated by the “American Dream”. In this case they not only want to achieve financial success, but also acceptance into a white dominated society, whilst simultaneously keeping their identity. The American Dream, an almost trope like notion, heavily imbedded within the American