Analysis Of The Book ' A Raisin Of The Sun ' Essay

1178 Words May 27th, 2016 5 Pages
The 20th century is famous for many things, and the novels that were written during the century definitely contribute to that fame. The novels that were written are extremely important and still relevant in the education system today because of their amazing imagery, interpretations of society, and symbolism. One extremely popular and influential novel of the 20th century was written by Ralph Ellison and it’s titled Invisible Man. The story is about a black man in the 1940s who lives in the South, but moves to the North and the circumstances in which he has to maneuver while there. A lesser known, but just as important text is Passing by Nella Larsen. Passing follows two black women in 1920s New York City and the idea of how ‘passing’ as a white person is beneficial to a black woman during the 20s. Although it’s not a novel, the play “A Raisin in the Sun” written by Lorraine Hansberry is also one of the most famous pieces of work from the 20th century. The play includes a poor black family living in Chicago and the limitations they experience in their lives based on their race. While all of these pieces of work are very different, they all have one thing in common. Each of the pieces feature characters who sacrifice a piece of their identity in order to comply with societal expectations.
Taking place in the 1920s, Passing examines the benefits that come with being a light- skinned black woman compared to being a dark-skinned black woman in the 1920s. Society has a history…

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