A Raisin in the Sun play anaylsis

A Raisin in the Sun play anaylsis - Erin Gassner...

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Erin Gassner Gassner 1 Foundations of Theatrical Production Dr. Beth Cherne October 1 st, 2012 A Raisin in the Sun Analysis Paper Family should always come first, and family should be the ones who help achieve dreams. After all, parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. are the central figures in regards to raising a child into an adult. However, families often fall apart due to poverty, a hostile environment, or pure self-centeredness. The Younger family in Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun is one such family: even though they argue throughout the entire play, they are able to come together and take a stand against the prejudiced culture they live in. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry shows how to work through the challenges of a racist society, as well as inner selfishness, in order to achieve a family’s dreams. The situation of the Younger family in Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun is not a pretty one. An African-American family of five, in 1950s Chicago, is trapped in a too-small apartment, struggling to make ends meet. The father of the family, Walter Younger Senior, has recently died, having left behind a ten thousand dollar life insurance check. Each person in the family wants to use the money for something different. Walter desires to start his own liquor store, Mama and Ruth want to buy a new home so that they can have a wider, brighter space to live in, and Beneatha wishes for nothing more than for the cost of her dream, medical school, to be covered. The Younger family bicker throughout the entire script about how to use the money, however, in the end, they are able to stand up for their dreams against a racist antagonist. Gassner 2
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Of all the characters in A Raisin in the Sun , Walter is the most dynamic. He is a typical man of the family, always dreaming up new ways for the Youngers to become more prosperous. His schemes, however, rarely work out. He is extremely frustrated by his degrading job as a chauffeur, and believes that becoming extremely wealthy is the only way for the family to get out of their miserable circumstance.
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