A raisin in the sun portrays a few weeks in the life of the youngers, an african-american family living on the south side of chicago in the 1950s when the play opens, the youngers are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. A raisin in the sun lorraine hansberry 1959 introduction plot summary themes historical overview critical overview criticism sources introduction lorraine hansberry's play a raisin in the sun opened on march 11, 1959, at the ethel barry-more theatre on broadway and ran for 530 performances. First produced on broadway in 1959, lorraine hansberry's a raisin in the sun, a groundbreaking play about an african american family in inner city chicago, won the new york drama critics circle. Raisin in the sun, about an african american family living in chicago in the 1950's read the poem out loud and explain to the students that the title phrase for the play is from this poem. This is the most complete edition of a raisin in the sun ever published like the american playhouse production for television, it restores to the play two scenes unknown to the general public, and a number of other key scenes and passages staged for the first time in twenty-fifth anniversary.
Black feminism in a raisin in the sun • born in chicago • african - american playwright a raisin in the sun (1959) a raisin in the sun, screenplay (1961) on summer the drinking gourd (1960) the movement: documentary of a struggle for equality (1964) the. Set in the south side of chicago in the mid-1950s, a raisin in the sun was the first play by a black woman to be performed on broadway and proved to be both a popular and a critical success the play focuses on a few weeks in the life of the youngers, a close-knit african-american family that struggles with poverty and racial oppression. Racism is a major issue that has affected the united states of america since its infancy lorraine hansberry's play a raisin in the sun (1959) deals with the impact of racism on the life of the. Abstract lorraine hansberry's tony award-nominated play, a raisin in the sun, spotlights the dreams and struggles of an african american family in mid-1950s chicagothis was a time before affirmative action, when racial tensions were at their peak.
A raisin in the sun overview a raisin in the sun by lorraine hansberry is a story of a family's dream to better their situation their dreams are to improve their lives and they will not defer from it by threats or intimidation. 5 essay on a raisin in the sun a raisin in the sun - 1148 words analytical review a raisin in the sun portrays an african american family, the younger's, living in the south side of chicago during the 1950's. African-american playwrights in american literature this paper focuses on the writing of africa in a raisin in the sun, the most important play written by hansberry.
A raisin in the sun first came to the stage in a turbulent time for african americans the 1955-56 montgomery, alabama, bus boycott and the 1957 forced integration of little rock central high school had happened only a few years before the play's premiere. A raisin in the sun expressed through the medium of theatrical art that current, forced symbiosis in american interracial affairs wherein the negro working class has been roped in and tied to the chariot of racial integration driven by the negro middle class in this drive for integration the negro working class is being told in a thousand ways. A raisin in the sun lorraine hansberry wrote the play a raisin in the sun, it was produced on march 11, 1959 in ethel barrymore theatre located in new york a raisin in the sun was the first drama by a produced african american women on broadway. The two most important aspects of black life addressed in a raisin in the sun are hence interracial diversity and segregation struggles in chicago [which serve] as a penultimate symbol of black oppression and resistance (gordon, 121. A raisin in the sun by lorraine hansberry the literary work a play set in chicago in the late 1940s published in 1958 and first performed in 1959 synopsis facing racial discrimination when trying to move into a white neighborhood, a black family struggles to maintain its belief in the american dream.
Fifty-five years ago, lorraine hansberry's landmark play a raisin in the sun opened on broadway at the time, it was considered groundbreaking for its realistic portrayal of race and racism on. The american dream the long-standing appeal of a raisin in the sun lies in the fact that the family's dreams and aspirations for a better life are not confined to their race, but can be identified with by people of all backgrounds. What makes a raisin in the sun such a timeless and important play is perhaps much simpler though hansberry is one of the first playwrights to create a realistic portrait of african-american life. In lorraine hansberry's a raisin in the sun, she uses the class, gender, and race to create conflict with the characters to help them become closer to their dreams, and to unite as a family consequently, forty years prior to when lorraine hansberry wrote this play in1959, the great migration had started, and ended up as a long-term. He resents that as an african american man in mid-century chicago he is unable to fulfill the mainstream male role as a financial provider for his family active themes beneatha sneers that walter is not a man but a toothless rat.
A raisin in the sun, released in 1959, is a story of a family standing in the face of racial segregation in chicago's south sidethe main character, walter lee younger is a money hungry man desperate to take control of his family but nothing seems to go his way. The drama about an african american working class family, which comes to money, is a portrait of a typical black family, their dreams, and their struggles to realise these dreams one of these family-members is beneatha - a young, black woman who has to assert herself over the values of her family and the prejudices of her society. The film version of hansberry's landmark play a raisin in the sun (1961) was the first depiction of african american life seen by mainstream america hansberry included in her screen version several scenes of the younger family interacting with the white world to show their deprivation and the subtle forms of racism they encountered in their. An introduction to the play by the westport country playhouse, which staged a production directed by phylicia rashad in 2012 one of the underlying sources for a raisin in the sun is lorraine hansberry's personal experience with housing discrimination.
The younger family's struggle against external limitations has been the inspiration behind the musical raisin (1973) as well as the play clybourne park (now at speakeasy stage co, running through march 30th) to name a few the racial oppression that existed then hid behind god and country, and now decades after the gains of the civil rights.