What Does You Dream Deferred? Lorraine Hansberry 's Play, A Raisin And The Sun ``

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What Happens to Dreams Deferred? Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, addresses the hardships of an African-American family living in the projects of post-segregation Chicago. The family aspires to fulfill their dreams of owning a home despite the odds they face. W.E.B Du Bois critical race theory explains the issue of racism and white dominance that not only the family in the play faces, but the African-American community as a whole.
American society only allows for African-Americans to see themselves only through the eyes of others, according to W.E.B. Du Bois’ theory of double consciousness. Du Bois also claimed that a person’s self-identity is influenced by historical and social circumstances, and in this case for African-Americans, the effects of slavery, prejudice and segregation. (Giddens, 2011) In A Raisin in the Sun, the Younger family face their double consciousness. The family’s ultimate goal in the play is to move out of the slums of Chicago to a neighborhood called Clyborne Park. The Younger’s find themselves hesitant about the move because it is a white community. Aware of the prejudice they face the Youngers have to wait even longer to move out of the projects. The effects of segregation/discrimination are everlasting, and the family not wanting to make the move unintendedly contributes to the continuation of racial segregation. Karl Linder, the only character in the play that is white, represents the white community that are in control of…

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