Gender Issues In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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A raisin in the sun was written by Lorraine Hansberry in March 1959 it is about an African American man that tries to attain a better life for himself and his family. They’re a living in poverty, a family of five including Walter and Ruth, who are husband and wife, their son Travis, Walter’s mother Lena, and Walter’s sister Beneatha. The play takes place in Chicago during the 1950’s which was a very moving time era, when the Civil Rights Movement began. So a lot of things were drastically changing for American citizens. Walter and Beneatha’s father who is also Lena’s husband recently died and left behind a settlement insurance claim worth ten-thousand dollars. Walter feels that he is entitled to some of the money as well and hopes to invest …show more content…
As I did a lot more research not just on the Lorraine Hansberry’s play, but on the historical context during the 50’s, I began to realize that A Raisin in The Sun is not a play about race, but it is about men and women and the gender issues we all face in the world. Although the play does at some points focuses on issues dealing with race, to me it is more so about the societal issues that results from the inequality treatment due to gender. “Whatever the sources of Hansberry’s feminism, whether derived simply from her understanding of women as less privileged than their male counterparts or driven by her clandestine gay identity, Hansberry’s writings anticipate the women’s liberation movement that came to the forefront in American shortly after her death” (Weiner 127). Hansberry was known for her feminism in her writings, and one of the first things I noticed was the issues that Lena, Beneatha, and Ruth (the women in the play) deals with during the …show more content…
This particular showing actually resists and reinforces societal norms back in the 1950’s. During this time era it was normal for an African American woman to work in the home of white people working as their servant, someone who cooked, cleaned, and cared for the children. But this as well also resists societal norms, because it was also normal for the woman of the house to be doing that same thing but in their own home, while the man of the house went off to work. The play was put on Broadway in 1959, and I think it was because during that time woman were still in the process of becoming more

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