A Raisin in the Sun
Indeed Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago ...more
At 29, Hansberry orchestrated something even Arthur Miller & Tennessee Williams wanted--a TRUE portrait of the American Family, how the roles are intertwined & dependent upon the others. The maestros don't come as close as she, I am inclined to think...
*Well... a more modern work, "Angels in America" makes it a t ...more
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!
Recently I saw an excellent production of A Raisin in the Sun, and it was so good I decided to reread the play. I first read this in college during a course on African American Theater, and as part of the class we watched the 1961 film, starring Sidney Poitier in the role he debuted on Broadway in 1959.
The film is great, but this was my first time seeing the play performed live, and it was incredibly moving. The story follows the Youngers, a black family in Chicago's So ...more
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?"
~from Langston Hughes' poem 'Harlem'~
A family of African-Americans, living in a flat on the south side of Chicago, must decide what to do with a $10,000 life insurance check being paid out after the death of the father. Mama wants to realize her dream of having a real home with a garden; daughter Beneatha wants to go to medical school and become a doctor; son Walter wants to invest with friends and open a liquor store. Ca ...more
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
What happens to a dream deferred?...more
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
When a man goes outside his home to look for peace.
A Raisin in the Sun clearly illustrates the motivations of each member of the Younger family in an empathetic and relatable way. I could be any one of these people, and yet, as the White cis male that I am, I will never experience the prejudice and hate that surrounds Black lives or experience the difficulty of reaching the dreams that are dragged out of my reach.
The play follows a small family that is att ...more
The play is about the Younger family: mother Lena, brother and sister, Walter and Beneatha, Walter’s ...more
This is the best book I've read this year, one of the best I've ever read. It did everything I think a great story should and did it exceptionally well, that is deposit the reader at the end more illuminated, stirred with a better understand ...more
But I'd ...more
Well, this play was pretty decent. It was entertaining enough and all of that ... and yet, I still don't like reading plays. Therefore, I wasn't about to give this anything more than an average rating. So while I appreciated how this took place in Chicago (so I could visualize everything that much better), and how I could relate to Beneatha and her struggle at becoming a doctor, when everyone was pushing her to become a nurse - because that's more of a "female" job - I lacked a connecti ...more
Description: 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 prod ...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
Reading this anew for a college seminar. I love the wit that I never really noticed Hansberry wrote into these characters. But more than even this, is the complexity of everyone -from ...more
A Raisin in the Sun was published in 1959, when Lorraine Hansberry was only 29 years old. Only five years later she died from cancer, but she did see her play become a hit. This is quite a feat for a young African-American woman telling the story of African-American characters.
The story revolves around t ...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
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.”