Social Conflicts In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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Amanda Panzica
Professor Barbara Green
WRT 102-12137
5 December 2016
Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry had many different elements that influenced the way she wrote all her works, from A Raisin in the Sun to Les Blanc, however, the most important thing that has swayed her writing has been her personal home life and upbringing. Hansberry grew up in South Chicago to two very well educated parents, Carl and Nannie Hansberry (Adler, p1). When Lorraine was eight, her family moved into a middle class white community which led to the conflicts of racial inequality and segregation (Biography p2). As per Lyonette Louis-Jacques at D 'Angelo Law, Lorraine Hansberry had met many civil rights activists when she was young and later
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The setting of this play mainly took place in the small apartment of South Chicago. Hansberry used this apartment to depict the struggles the Younger family faced when it came to finances as well as social class among white people. The family of five had three of its members, working in order to pay the rent for their apartment, Mama, Ruth and Walter. During her youth, Hansberry’s mother was a school teacher, while her father worked in the real estate business (Louis- Jacques, p2). Both of Lorraine’s parents had to work in order for them to meet the needs of their family. The apartment in A Raisin in the Sun only had two rooms so both Ruth and Walter shared a room, as well as Mama and Beneatha. Travis’ room was the couch in the living room. Hansberry and her family lived in an apartment that was also on the south side of Chicago but later bought a home in a middle class, all white neighborhood which is where Hansberry’s personal life comes in to play in terms of influencing her writing (Adler, …show more content…
The conflict is the Younger family’s living conditions in the apartment and moving into a “white neighborhood”. The neighbors try to get the family to move out because they are colored. The resolution is that the Younger’s decided to opt out of the buyout offer from the neighborhood committee and they move in to their new house anyway. The family stood their ground in order to obtain their overall dream of owning a home regardless of their race. Lena saw that neighborhood as a great place for young Travis to grow up and nothing was going to take that dream away from her. Hansberry’s father also let his dream of owning the home in the middle-class neighborhood guide his decisions in further pursing legal action against the restrictive covenant (Louis-Jacques,

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