Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin Essay

1297 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
In her play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry projects several conflicts that African Americans faced in the 1950s through her characters. These conflicts include the pressure to either assimilate to the current American standards or to maintain African tradition, the urge to make money to get one’s family out of the ghetto, the need to lead one’s family, and the tough decisions to be made to support and protect the family. Hansberry openly addresses the fact that there was a serious racial issue at the time acting as an obstacle in the family’s dream of leaving the ghetto to start a new, better life in Clybourne Park. By sharing this play, Lorraine Hansberry makes a driven statement that blacks can achieve their dreams, but that they may be deferred by a variety of conflicts caused by racial injustice. Hansberry uses the character Beneatha to represent the struggle African Americans faced with their identities, as she tries to choose between the ideas of assimilating to white Americans and accepting her African heritage. From the very first act of the play, she establishes who she wants to be to her family, saying, “…if I ever get married…Oh, I probably will…but first I’m going to be a doctor…and everybody around here better understand that!” (50). Her mother and sister-in-law gasp at this remark about the possibility of never getting married, as getting married was known as something every African American woman does. On the other hand, Beneatha’s mother…

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