Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun Essay

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A Raisin in the Sun

In A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry portrays

obstacles that the Younger family and other African

Americans had to face and over come during the post World

War 2 era. Obstacles that had to be over come by the

Youngers were economical, moral, social, and racist

obstacles. Lorraine Hansberry, the author of the play had

to face one of these as well growing up.

Born in Chicago on the south side in an all black

neighborhood, Lorraine Hansberry and her family had to deal

with segregation. Moving to a white neighborhood in

Chicago, her family had to deal with threats of violence

and legal action. Her father defended the case successfully

all the way to the
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The four main characters in the play all deal with

other obstacles as well. The other main obstacles are

economical, social, and moral. Lena Younger or mama, is the

head of the household. She works in other people’s kitchens

as a cook. She probably works for very little but she puts

her daughter through college. Im sure she would rather not

be working for someone basically as a slave or for very

little money but she accepts her job because of the time

period that she was raised in. “In my time we was worried

about not being lynched and getting to the north if we

could and how to stay alive and still have a pinch of

dignity too.…”

Walter Younger is the son of Lena. He is a

chauffeur for a rich white guy. He dislikes his job, and

wants to buy a liquor store, with the 10,000 dollars his

mother is collecting. He thinks if all black people tried

there own thing like opening a liquor store then they

wouldn’t be oppressed anymore.

Ruth Younger is Walter’s wife; they have 1 child

named Travis. Ruth does the same work as Lena does. I think

Ruth probably dislikes it more then Lena because of the

ages, but Ruth accepts it because she knows their poor and

that they need the money.

Beneatha Younger is the daughter of Lena. She is a

straight edge type. She’s the only one in the Younger

family to go

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