Racial Discrimination And Pervasive Housing Discrimination Essay

816 Words Dec 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Set against the backdrop of racism and pervasive housing discrimination in the 1950s, Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, addresses sensitive societal issues in an understandable way. Part of the appeal of the play is the ability to show the true horrors of prejudice, it’s suffocating effects and its near destruction of individuals who suffer severely because of the restriction resulting from this form of racial discrimination and the resultant poverty.
The Younger family was a poor black family who lived in an unsafe area in Chicago. An opportunity to escape the crippling poverty they face came in the form of a $10,000 life insurance check that was intended for the matriarch of the home, Lena Younger. She received this check as a reparation of sorts after her husband’s untimely death, and all of the children had high hopes for where the funds would be allocated. This is the first time the family members idealize the American Dream, imagining the money going to things like sending Beneatha to medical school, and purchasing a liquor store for Walter. The children wanted to use the money to better their lives and be successful, and Mama knew she wanted to live in a safe home with plenty of room for all the inhabitants.
When Mama makes the down payment on the home, we get the first major glimpse into the horrors and disgusting practices of housing discrimination in the form of Mr. Linder. Linder makes it blatantly obvious that he doesn’t want the black family in the…

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