Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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A Raisin in the Sun A Raisin in the Sun illustrates the life of a poor black family, the Youngers, during the 1950’s. Lorraine Hansberry, the author of this play displayed how African Americans were looked upon during this time. Lorraine experienced some similar conditions as the family in the play did. She expresses her feelings on racism in several different ways, and some that contradict each other. Were African Americans treated fairly? Does Lorraine Hansberry think so? The time setting of A Raisin in the Sun was during the 1950’s in America. A time discrimination was still a magnificent problem. The Youngers were living in poverty, and worked extremely hard to survive. Nobody in the family could get along, and they were all miserable. The husband by the name of Walter, and the wife by the name of Ruth couldn’t have a civil conversation with each other any day of the week. Along with that, Walter and his sister Beneatha were also constantly fighting. Their father died not long before the story began, and their mother received insurance money. She used the insurance money to make a down payment on a house for the family, which included Walter, Ruth, their son Travis, Beneatha, and the mother. The mother…show more content…
Growing up, she witnessed this obstacle first hand. She expresses her view on racism by including that Beneatha pushed for African American equality more than the rest of the family, creating two different views concerning African American people. Also, Hansberry includes that these two opinions are coming from two separate generations. She illustrates how every generation is making a change for equality in a positive direction. Being that America has changed drastically since the 1950’s, it wouldn’t be ethical to say that Hansberry wrote this story to expose racism in this modern day time. This story was written for more of a reminder to the American people about how far we have come as a
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