Introduction to Raisin

Introduction to Raisin - A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine...

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A Raisin in the Sun by  Lorraine Hansberry Some  Background
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The Poem that Inspired the  Title What happens to a dream deferred*?  Does it dry up  Like  a raisin in the sun Or fester like a sore—  And then run?  Does it stink like rotten meat?  Or crust and sugar over—  Like a syrupy sweet?  Maybe it just sags  Like a heavy load.  Or does it explode?  —Langston Hughes, “Harlem”         *delayed, overdue
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Hughes’ Poetry  (related theme) Dreams    Hold fast to dreams  For if dreams die  Life is a broken-winged bird  That cannot fly.  Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go on  Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.  by Langston Hughes  
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Biography  Born on May 19, 1930 in Chicago Moved to a white neighborhood at  the age of eight Their house was vandalized on  several occasions Had to go to court to remain in their 
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