Are We Just “A Raisin In The Sun” By Lorraine Hansberry?

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Lorraine Hansberry, the author of “A Raisin in The Sun”, was born in Chicago, Illinois. Hansberry was the youngest of four children. Her father Carl Augustus Hansberry was a prominent real estate broker and her mother Louise Perry was a stay home mother. She grew up on the south side of Chicago in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Later the family moved into an all-white neighborhood, where they experienced racial discrimination. Hansberry attended a predominantly white public school while her parents fought against segregation. In 1940 Hansberry’s father engaged in a Supreme Court case of Hansberry v. Lee which was a legal battle against a racially restrictive covenant that attempted to prohibit ...view middle of the document...

Walters’s mother wants to take the money and buy a house to complete her and Mr. Younger’s dream.
As the play presents the family clashes over what to do with the money, so the mother takes some of the money and puts a down payment on a house for the whole family, which she believes that that will help them all. The house is in Clybourne Park, an entirely white neighborhood. When all of their future neighbors find out that the Younger’s are moving in, the send Mr. Lindner, from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association, to offer the Youngers money to not move into the neighborhood. The family refuses the deal and ends up moving into the house anyway, their future there seems uncertain and dangerous, but the Youngers are determined to live a better life if they just stick together.
“We have decided to move into our house because my father—my father—he earned it for us brick by brick. We don’t want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no causes, and we will try to be good neighbors. And that’s all we got to say about that. We don’t want your money."

The Youngers, no matter what they do, find the need to have to fight racial discrimination. Walter, being the oldest male in the play provides an everyman perspective of the...

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