A Raisin Of The Sun Essay

986 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Every single African American that has ever set foot in America has suffered from societal oppression. From 200 years of slavery to current police brutality, African Americans have always been victims of governmental and societal dehumanization. Set in the 1950s and 60s, A Raisin in the Sun describes the daily life of a family of African Americans living in the segregated neighborhoods of Chicago. In every facet of life, the Youngers suffer from the debilitating effects of Jim Crow. The transformative debut of A Raisin in the Sun revealed the sickness of racism plaguing America during that time period. From the Montgomery Bus Boycotts to the March on Washington, all except for the most racist Americans left their chairs of complacency and began to act. In her novel A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry criticizes the status quo of oppression through the racist indifference of whites and the dehumanizing details of segregated life, leaving a lasting legacy of Americans fighting black oppression in order to create a more equal society. The prejudiced words of the whites illuminates the unlying racism beneath society, persuading Americans to act and ameliorate societal racism. When the Youngers buy a house in a primarily white neighborhood in order to escape poverty, white homeowners attempt to remove them. Hansberry writes, “Well- you see our community is made up of people who’ve worked hard… I want you to believe me when I tell you that race prejudice simply doesn’t enter into it.…

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