A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

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Many people are passionate about many things in this world. Lorraine Hansberry was one of those people. Hansberry was brought into the world in Chicago, Illinois, on May 19, 1930. Hansberry is the author of our play, A Raisin in the Sun, along with being the first play writer to be African American. Not only was Hansberry a writer, she was also an activist for civil rights. At the age of 34, Hansberry died of pancreatic cancer, leaving behind her wonderful play, A Raisin in the Sun.
This play is based in the 1950s when abortion was illegal, death and sickness were very common, and African Americans were slowly making their way into white communities. We are introduced to the Younger family, who is waiting on a check in the amount of $10,000,
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Mama tries to explain to Walter that her and her husband did they best they could for the family with what they had. We see this when Mama says to Walter, “You ain’t satisfied or proud of nothing we done. I mean that you had a home; that we kept you out of trouble till you was grown; that you don’t have to ride to work on the back of nobody’s streetcar” (Raisin, Act 1. Scene 2). Mama is trying to explain to Walter that she is proud of what she has done for the family, and he and his sister Beneatha should be …show more content…
Mama in the first half of our play is the one who handles all of the decisions in the house. She shows this when she tells Walter in the middle of an argument, “You still in my house and my prescence. And as long as you are—you’ll talk to your wife civil. Now sit down” (Raisin, Act 1. Scene 2). This shows that even though Walter is a man, his mother has all of the leadership in the house. In the end of the book, Mama trusts Walter with all of the money and appoints him head of the house hold when she tells Walter, “I’m telling you to be the head of this family from now on like you supposed to be” (Raisin, Act 2. Scene 2). From here on out in our play, we see Walter as the leader of the family; the future of the

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