Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin Essay

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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 Younger’s (Mama) husband, their children Walter and Beneatha Younger develops their own plans for the money. Walter Younger, the husband of Ruth Younger and father of Travis, desires to invest in a liquor store to financially support his family. On the other hand, his sister Beneatha, who is currently a college student, wants to pay to attend medical school to become a doctor. As a result, these dreams often were the cause for arguments. Nevertheless, Mama attempts to teach her family about family values and the importance of unity. For example, when Ruth made the decision by herself to abort her and her husband’s unborn child, Walter did not protest against this decision. As a result, Mama becomes outrage at her son for agreeing to…

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