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A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

1278 words - 5 pages

A young African American male named Walter Lee Younger had a marvelous dream of owning a liquor store. Despite of his current status, his job as a shofar, and not being the dominant one in his family, Walter faces several obstacles that would possible hold his dream off to the side. In the well-known play, A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry portrays the Younger’s family, who lives in a part of Chicago. The Younger family deals with trials and tribulations that come in their ways as they have certain goals and dreams planned. The play revolves around how each family member wants to achieve a dream, but also dealing with many issues such as dead end jobs, racism, and marital issues that have been shown in the household. The play was set in the 1950’s during the time that the “separate but not equal” still stand and before the Civil Rights movement. The fact that Hansberry portrayed an African American family dealing with issues in the 1950’s , this play brings up issues and questions is that Hansberry’s play revolves around the racial issues. Even though the issues have carry the racial aura, some of the issues that was brought up to attention shows that not only a certain race has that problem, but anybody could have the same issue. Is A Raisin in the Sun, more concerned about the racial issues or more towards universal issues? The play deals with more universal issues because the different issues that was bring up in the story not only dealt with African American families, but it can also deal with any family of any generation.
A Raisin in the Sun brings out a racial issue dealing with generation differences between what the older generation had to go through to what the newer generation is dealing with the present. In the play, Mama quietly stated to Walter, “So now it's life. Money is life. Once upon a time freedom used to be life – now it's money. I guess the world really do change…”(1497) This text brings forth this issue as a racial one, because Mama is referring to her childhood when her parents were slaves, and the difference between the value of life back then and the present. Due to the generation gap, and two difference viewpoints of life, this issue can relate to how most African Americans would feel, since from the time of slavery, the only thing that they would see as success is freedom and away from slavery.
A Raisin in the Sun would be considered more of a racial issue dealing with the main focus of racial discrimination. The play brings out a huge racial issue that mainly revolves around the racial discrimination, which the Younger’s had to face during this time frame, as what happened with many African American families. This would be the huge issue that deals with most African American families in the 1950’s, during the time where the “separate but equal” case still occurred and racism toward African Americans was noticed. In the play, Mr. Linder would be the ray of straight forward racism. Fromm where he tries to convince the...

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