A Raisin In The Sun Research Paper

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The Struggle Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun” is a play portraying an African American family, The Youngers, struggling to achieve financial strength and live The American Dream. In the 1950s, the American Dream consists of a house with a nice yard, a nice car, and a big happy family. The setting, a tiny two bedroom apartment in South Chicago, is usually associated with poverty, racism, and segregation. This setting has an effect on a lot of the tension throughout the play due to the lack of space and conditions of the apartment. A chance to escape poverty comes as a $10,000 life insurance check that Mama awaits upon her husband’s death. Together the Younger family must defeat the racial dogmatism caused by society, while keeping up social pride and dignity.…show more content…
Because the family is in such a confined space, Beneatha(Bennie), Lena(Mama), Travis, Walter, and Ruth Younger have a limit on the amount of privacy and space they can have. This can be seen when Ruth tells Walter that Travis should not have to wake up any earlier because Walter and his company occupy “what’s suppose to be his room”(1.1.981). Walter thinks Travis should get up earlier because Travis will have his father late for work but because individuals are in the front room, which is technically Travis’s room, he could not sleep with all the racket. The lack of space in the apartment makes it hard for Walter to entertain his company without being inconvenienced

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