The Reoccurring Pattern Of Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin Essay

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The Reoccurring Pattern

Lorraine Hansberry once said, “I think that virtually every human being is dramatically interesting. Not only is he dramatically interesting, he is a creature of stature whoever he is.” No matter of a person’s race or gender, they are still unique in some way. Everyone contributes to society in a different manner, and sometimes we are judged by what he have to offer individually. In Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, an African American family struggles with poverty, maintaining self-confidence, and living the American Dream. Many scenes that seem to be from years ago actually reappear in today’s society. The undated 1950’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, reflects many issues we face in society today as African Americans: poverty, self-dignity, and dreams. Lorraine Hansberry uses her characters in the play to display the issues in the African American society that are still present today. The African American family, the Youngers, live on the south side of Chicago in a small, two-bedroom apartment that barely has any space left. Mama and her daughter Beneatha share one room, while Mama’s son Walter and his wife Ruth share the second bedroom. At the beginning of the play, the family is anxiously awaiting the $10,000 insurance check from Mama’s dead husband. Just like many African American families today, the Younger family suffers from poverty. We see when Travis, Ruth and Walter’s son, asks for fifty cents to take to school, and Ruth…

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