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

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Introduction During the 1950s, many African Americans were migrating to the Southside of Chicago. Living conditions were not good though; housing areas were extremely crammed. Homes that were meant to house 11,000 residents actually housed 27,000 (Chicago Southside 1950’s, 2011). The Southside was primarily made up of African-Americans, in fact, according to Chicago Southside 1950’s, 2011, it was considered the “Capital of Black America.” In A Raisin in the Sun, a play written by Lorraine Hansberry, the difficulties of African-American families living in Chicago were portrayed. Chicago has improved when it comes to crime rates, but poverty and police brutality are things that still greatly affect blacks living in the Southside of Chicago.
A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun demonstrates what it was like for African-American families living in the Southside of Chicago in the 1950s. The play is centered around a lower class African-American family, the Youngers, who have just received a check worth $10,000; all of the adults in the family have different ideas on how to spend the money, and they often get into arguments over it. They live in a two-bedroom house with a five-member family. When Hansberry describes the house, she says, “Moreover, a section of this room, for it is not really a room unto itself, though the landlord’s lease would make it seem so, slopes backward to provide a small kitchen area, where the family prepares the meals that are eaten in the living…

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