Essay on Analysis Of Lorraine Hansberry 's ' A Raisin Of The Sun '

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The play, A Raisin in the Sun, is written by Lorraine Hansberry, and premiered on Broadway in 1959. Hansberry was motivated by a poem written by Langston Hughes. Active in civil rights, Hansberry’s play addresses the racial conflicts for equality and human rights felt by African Americans and Lorraine Hansberry herself. Racial segregation was still strongly being enforced at this time. Each character in the play has a dream. Race, class and gender, all shape these individual’s identity; through their dreams, their life challenges are revealed. Every American has a dream for, social status, freedom and equality; however, unjust racial discrimination exists in America crushing those dreams. The Younger family faces this dilemma.
Random House Dictionary defines “American Dream” as “the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American” (Random House, 2014). Each of the Younger family, Mama (Lena), Walter Lee, and Beneatha has their idea of this dream, a dream for a better way of life (Hansberry, 1959). For some, the dream, which used to be freedom, is now a dream about money and material goods (Ellis & Guettler, 2014). The Younger family lives on the Chicago’s Southside in very cramped quarters and shares a bathroom with other families who live in the building. They share the dream and aspiration of a house of their own in a better neighborhood. Initially, they seem oblivious to the fact this could be a problem because of the…

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