Essay about Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin

1228 Words Nov 12th, 2015 5 Pages
“Listen, I’m going to be a doctor, I’m not worried about who I’m going to marry yet- if I ever get married” (Hansberry, Act 1 Scene 1). Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in The Sun, was first produced on stage in 1959. During this era, the role of a woman was to marry young, have a low desire for a higher education and most importantly keeping a house clean for the male provider and “his” family. How does Hansberry introduce the different roles and identities of women in her play? In A Raisin in the Sun, each of the women portray how the role and identity of a woman has evolved throughout the late 1950’s. I will highlight how Hansberry exhibits a spectrum of women’s role and identity through Mama, Ruth, and Bennie Younger. Lena Younger better known as Mama throughout the play, is a devout Christian who bestows traditional and conservative values. She is a woman in her early sixties who is the matriarch of the Younger family, due to the death of her late husband, Big Walter. Mama speaks of her departed husband with love and presents him as a role model for both her son Walter and grandson Travis to emulate. In Act 1 Scene 1, Mama reveles to Ruth about her late husband’s past of “womanizing” and how she overlooks it and remains loyal to him. She believes that accepting such behavior from her husband was the right thing to do. Mama is a self-sacrificing woman, and the well-being of her family is her main priority. During the 1950’s, black women were not offered many job…

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