Analysis Of Lorraine Hansberry 's `` Harlem `` And `` The Sun ``

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Lorraine Hansberry, African American playwright and writer, was the first African American woman to have a play produced on Broadway. Lorraine Hansberry completed her first play in 1957, which opened in March of 1959, taking her title from Langston Hughes ' poem, "Harlem” and that play was A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry was a great playwright that lived a short life. Hansberry died at the age of 34 but her work lived on. A Raisin in the Sun put Hansberry in the ranks of being a great playwright because it made a controversial statement about American society and culture before it was politically popular to question norms. Also, the play was groundbreaking in establishing black theatre as a part of the universal American culture.( Hansberry was born in Chicago, Illinois on May, 19, 1930 and events during her life had an impact on the writings of A Raisin in the Sun. Events in Hansberry’s early life prompted the writing of A Raisin in the Sun because she witnessed the injustices tormenting society directly such as the struggles and anger of racial minorities and the lower classes, her family’s decision to desegregate a white neighborhood and the violence that was afflicted upon them for that decision.( At the same time, Hansberry brought the Black experience to theatre which exposed and gave the white audience an opportunity to understand and make those experiences applicable to their own lives. (Wilkerson 9) Hansberry once said, “A negro writer…

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