Lorraine Hansberry Essay

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

The characters in Lorraine Hansberry's play are very significant in understanding the play. The characters are examples of they way Lorraine lived day by day her live when she was a kid. The success of the play was brought out by the characters and her way of keeping our interest with each one of them. They characters are very critical in understanding the play. There were four main characters that made the play a sellout, Lena, Ruth, Beneatha and Walter Lee. Each one of these characters had a dream to try to accomplish. The Characters portray the plays meaning in the way the play evolved into a masterpiece.

Lorraine Hansberry studied African history while working on A Raisin in the Sun.
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She loved his voice and the songs he sang.

Hansberry learned from him ^...the way that most blacks lived, and the dangers of being an artist^ (Cheney 45-46). W.E.B Dubois was an original thinker and a sociologist.
Hansberry ^...gained admiration for black intellectual, socialism, and black leadership^ (Cheney 40).

Frederick Douglass was a another writer. Hansberry learned about slavery and its psychology. She also learned a ^...invaluable lesson that the sufferings of a people may be presented truthfully in ways that rise above propaganda to the level of art^ (Cheney 36-37). A Raisin in the Sun is a very interesting play about the Younger^s, a family that lives in the Chicago south side ghetto. The characters in the play are Ruth her husband Walter, their son Travis, also Beneatha and Lena. The family is poor and very much so hopeless in finding a new home. Lena is lucky though she found a very nice home in Clyborne Park in a white neighborhood. In the beginning of the play the family is waiting for a 10,000 dollar check. Each family member has there own thoughts on what they should do with the money. Lena wants a new home and so she could support the family, Walter wants to invest the money in a liquor store, and Beneatha wants the money so she could pay for medical school. According to Lorraine Hansberry, Joseph Asagai was her favorite character to create. He is a Nigerian student who is Beneatha^s confidant.

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