Family And Values In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun centers on an African American family’s struggles during the twentieth century. In the play, the author illustrates vital issues such as poverty and gender, and racial discrimination on colored people. However, there are many other features that contribute to the play’s success, including: its two major themes (importance of family and significance of their dreams), the main character’s personality, and the author’s standpoint in the story. One of the major themes in A Raisin in the Sun is the importance of family and values, which contributes to the play’s unraveling. The Youngers are a poor African-American family living in Chicago. When a life insurance check arrives due to the death of Lena …show more content…
In some ways, the story of A Raisin in the Sun reflects the story of Lorraine Hansberry 's life. Raised in an African-American household surrounded by a dominant white society and experienced racism and the continuous struggle of reaching her dreams, Hansberry demonstrates these experiences of her life in A Raisin in the Sun. Based on these observation, the readers can infer that one of the purposes for the development of A Raisin in the Sun was to tell the story of a colored family in that time period. Throughout Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, the author also illustrate the positive and negative effects of pursuing the American Dream. Hansberry expresses her different views on the American Dream through the characters and their daily struggles. In this play, she is able to effectively show the immense impact that even small decisions can make on a family. For example, Mama yearns for her family to have a better life. Furthermore, Beneatha aspires to be a successful doctor and an independent woman; whereas, Walter desires to invest in a liquor store and provide luxury for him and his family. It can be determined that each character goes through their own struggles and defeats to accomplish their American Dream, but in the end, they all find their contentment within in each other united as a

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