A Raisin in the Sun
Set in a small rundown roach-infested apartment on Chicago's south side, A RAISIN IN THE SUN brings to light issues of racism and segregation, but also family pride and forgiveness.
Another surprisingly good play!
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?
I decided to assign this to my Honors American Lit class before I had even read it myself. I'm so glad I did! I really enjoyed the characters. And while students get a kick out of lines like "Why you always wear them faggoty white shoes?" it also deals with som ...more
و جعلتني اعايش آلامهم .. آمالهم .. طموحاتهم ..، كاتبة مرهفه و موهوبة فعلا انها تقدر توّصل كل دا ، و مترجمة موهوبة كمان و امينة على ما اتذكر :) ، لأنى قرأت الكتاب دا زمان من فترة طويلة الحقيقة
But I'd ...more
This ground-breaking play, set on Chicago's South Side in the 1950's, revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of an Afro-American working-class family. A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. In this new production for radio, rarely produced scenes from the original play, which were cut from the original film and stage and subsequent contemporary stage productions, have been rein ...more
Although this book and Death of a Salesman have some similar themes, what makes A Raisin in the Sun much better is its dynamic dialogue and the conflicting desires of its characters. While not perfectly three-dimensional, each family member in the story had an idea o ...more
The version I read was a script taken from the screenplay so if you read it I recommend watching the movie (1961) while you do so. The actors do a wonderful job and even the the story is great alone seeing it played out makes it so much better.
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?"
-Harlem, Langston Hughes
"(She shakes her head at the dissolved dream.)... But Lord, child, you should know all the dreams I had 'bout buying that house and fixing it up and making me a little garden in the back--(She waits and stops smiling.) And didn't none of it happen." -A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
"...Seem like God didn't see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams-- but He did give us children to m ...more
A Raisin in the Sun is about an African Ame ...more
I liked the theme and the emotion behind this play. I think Hansberry was successful in creating the atmosphere and the setting, although she does not use much description. Yes, plays don't really have descriptions in a sense that a novel does, but what I mean to say is that she "shows" rather than "tells", i.e she is a decent dramatist. For instance you get ...more
I have often heard people gush over Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin In The Sun and told myself there was no rush to read it on my own because I would eventually have to read it for some class. Sadly, this book never actually made it onto the required reading list for any of my classes so it was left up to me to read it at my leisure. This summer, I finally had a chance to pick the play up from my mother's collection while I wait ...more
Characters: They are awesome. We can easily distinguish their own incentives and personalities. They have their own beliefs, they react, and they conflict. It was bloody exciting to read the interaction between each member - how Lena slapped Beneathea becau ...more
I've read Death of a Salesman and The Glass Menagerie which I loved so it made sense to read this play. I had no idea what it was about but if someone is telling me this is for fans of this, then I'll pick it up even if I've never read the genre before.
So I'm a huge fan of plays ...more
Mama always wanted a house for her entire family, but her dream never came true until her husband dies and because of his insuranse Mama Lena was able to buy the house, her children grew up and so did thei ...more
The purp ...more
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She was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. Her best known work, the play "A Raisin in the Sun," highlights the lives of Black Americans living under racial segregation in Chicago. Hansberry's family had struggled against segregation, chall ...more
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Mama: There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing. (Looking at her) Have you cried for that boy today? I don't mean for yourself and for the family 'cause we lost the money. I mean for him: what he been through and what it done to him. Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain't through learning - because that ain't the time at all. It's when he's at his lowest and can't believe in hisself 'cause the world done whipped him so! when you starts measuring somebody, measure him right, child, measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.”