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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

693 words - 3 pages

A Raisin in the Sun

In A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry portrays

obstacles that the Younger family and other African

Americans had to face and over come during the post World

War 2 era. Obstacles that had to be over come by the

Youngers were economical, moral, social, and racist

obstacles. Lorraine Hansberry, the author of the play had

to face one of these as well growing up.

Born in Chicago on the south side in an all black

neighborhood, Lorraine Hansberry and her family had to deal

with segregation. Moving to a white neighborhood in

Chicago, her family had to deal with threats of violence

and legal action. Her father defended the case successfully

all the way to the Supreme Court.(sparknotes1) Her parents

were well known in national black culture and political

circles, which probably sparked her to latter become a

reporter and editor for the Freedom, a black newspaper in

New York from 1950-53.

Hansberry relates her life situations through her

play by having the Younger family deal with a similar

circumstance. In the play Lena Younger or better known as

mama, receives a 10,000-dollar check because her husband

had past away. She decides to buy a house in Clybourne

Park, which is an all white neighborhood. After finding out

a black family is moving to Clybourne the so-called

Organization Committee sends out a Mr. Lindner to welcome

the Youngers. He doesn’t do much welcoming but rather try’s

to discourage them and make them back out of their plans on

moving, which he fails miserably.

The four main characters in the play all deal with

other obstacles as well. The other main obstacles are

economical, social, and moral. Lena Younger or mama, is the

head of the household. She works in other people’s kitchens

as a cook....

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