Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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“A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry is a play that relates life struggles of a black family trying to make a living. This family was represented as a black family during the time frame between the 50’s and 60’s. In this play many issues were addressed such as feminist views, racial identity, racism, and abortion rights. One of the most important issues in this play is the value of one’s dreams. The family was so focused on their individual dreams they forgot how to work together as a family, which caused them to fall apart. Mama, Ruth, Beneatha and Walter all live in the same house hold but all have different dreams. All of these characters want to for fill their dreams in some way. Mama is the head of the house. Mama’s dreams are that…show more content…
Her dream is to become a doctor someday when she gets out of college. Beneatha also wants to save her race from ignorant individuals. Walter is Mama’s oldest son and child. His dreams are to be wealthy and provide for his family. His personal dream is to open up a liquor store with his part of the money coming in from his dead father’s insurance. In the end, they all managed to set their dreams aside and was happy just being with the family. In the beginning of this play Lorraine Hansberry choose a poem by Langston Hughes to open up with. The poem describes what the play is about and how dreams can sometimes be delayed in life. The Civil Rights Movement was the dream for all blacks to be treated equally. According to Gregory Memphis from the article Biography in Context states what the American dream is, “When a person who has nothing, works hard and gains something, more than what he had at first.” The Civil Rights Movement in this play shows how a black family lived during the time era. The Civil Rights Movement also taught moral lessons such as chasing your dreams and sticking with family. This play was also around the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Leaders of the Harlem Renaissance such as
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