Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin Essays

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A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, delves into the African American psyche during the 1950’s in the way a lower class black family deals with acquiring new money and moving into a new neighborhood. All of the members of this family have their own dreams, and the different ways they handle their dreams getting seemingly crushed reveals a lot about the African American psyche during this time period. Beneatha, the daughter of Mama and sister of Walter, has a dream to become a doctor and take care of people, but due to the sexism and racism of her peers, it becomes nigh impossible for her to achieve her dream. Because of the time period she lives in, her dream is marginalized and discounted by everyone she meets, including her own family. Everyone in Beneatha’s family discounts her dream, from Walter’s sexist comments about her needing to get married to a rich man, to Mama’s commentary on Beneatha’s fickle nature.
Nearly a decade after the events in A Raisin in the Sun, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous I Have A Dream speech. In this renowned speech, he speaks about how he believes that one day everyone will truly be equal, saying, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of the creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”. King’s wishful thinking for the future shows that he is acknowledging that even in 1963, nearly a decade after A Raisin in the Sun, everyone is not even remotely…

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