Analysis of A Raisin in the Sun Essay

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The era during which a drama is written can altogether change or exemplify certain motives, that if written in another time, would not only be misread but could also possibly be entirely unrecognized. It is during the era of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, that two prominent dramatists, Amiri Baraka and Lorraine Hansberry, sought the perfect opportunity to create plays that brought forth, with earnestness and directness, the great trials faced daily by African-Americans throughout the United States. Through their two protagonist's interactions with a representation of the white race of that time, Walter Lee's handling Mr. Lindner in A Raisin In the Sun, and the oppression of Clay caused by Lula in The Dutchman, the very the …show more content…
Unlike the many stories highlighting race relations in American history, where the white man forcibly removes minorities from their homes, such as Native Americans throughout the continent dragged to Oklahoma, and African slaves taken from West Africa against their will, Hansberry sees the new white power to be found in polite, yet stern seemingly political approaches. Lindner forms a common ground with the Lee family by introducing his motive in the form of claiming to be meeting with them on behalf of the New Neighbors Orientation Community, going on to present himself saying that they, “go around and see the new people who move into the neighborhood and sort of give them the low down on the way we do things.” (Hansberry p.115) He cunningly achieves a growing sense of mutuality with the Lee family, by going further about race relations saying, “most of the trouble in the world exists because people just don't sit down and talk to each other.” (Hansberry p.116) Through his carefully-chosen words, he has not only garnered the full attention of the Lee's, but also has supplied them with a sense of understanding and equality. It is with this new-found attention that Lindner, Hansberry's ideal contemporary white man, reveals the true nature of his plan. He explains, “that for happiness of all concerned that our Negro families are happier when

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