A Raisinin the Sun
RUTH YOUNGER TRAVIS YOUNGER WALTER LEE YOUNGER (BROTHER) BENEATHA YOUNGER LENA YOUNGER (MAMA) JOSEPH ASAGAI GEORGE MURCHISON MRS. JOHNSON KARL LINDNER BOBO MOVING MEN
The action of the playis set in Chicago's side, sometime South between World War II and thepresent. Act I
Scene I Friday morning. Scene II Thefollowing morning.
Scene I Later, thesame day. Scene II Friday night, a few later. weeks Scene III Moving day, one later. week
An hour later.
The YOUNGER living room would comfortable wellbe a and ordered roomifitwere for a not number of indestructible contradictions to this stateofbeing. furnishings andunIts typical are 486
Lorraine Hansberry distinguished and their primary feature now is that they have clearly had to accommodate the livingof too many people too for many years—and they aretired.Still,we can seethatatsome time, a time probably no longer rememberedby the (except perfamily haps for MAMA),the furnishings this room were actually selected of with care and love and even hope—and brought tothis apartment and arranged with taste and pride. That was a long time ago. Now the once loved patternof the couch upholstery has to fight to show from under of itself acres crocheted doilies and couch covers which have themselvesfinally come to be more important than the upholstery. And hereatable or a chair has been moved to disguisetheworn places thecarpet; in but the carpet has fought back by showing its weariness, with depressing uniformity, elsewhere surface. on its Weariness has, in fact, won in this room.Everything hasbeen polished, washed, sat on, used, scrubbed too often. Allpretenses but living itself have long since vanished from very atmosphere the of this room. Moreover, a sectionof this room, it is not aroom unto for really itself, though the landlord's lease would make itseemso,slopes backward to provide a small kitchen area, wherefamily prethe pares the meals that are eaten in the living room proper, which must also serve as dining room. The single windowthat has been provided for these "two" rooms is locatedin this kitchen area. The sole natural lightthe familymay in the course a day enjoy of is only that which fights it way through this little window. At left, a door leads to a bedroom which shared MAMA by is and her daughter, BENEATHA. At right, opposite,is asecond room (which in the beginningof of this apartment probably life the was the breakfast room) which serves aWALTER for as bedroom and his wife,RUTH. Time Sometime between World War II and the present. Place Chicago's South side. At rise It is morning darkin the living asleep TRAVIS room. is on the make-down bed at center. An alarm clock sounds from within the bedroom at right,and RUTH enters from that presently room and closes the door behind her.Shecrosses sleepily toward 487
A RAISININ THE SUN Act IScene the window. As shepasses hersleeping son she reaches down and shakes him a little. At the window she the raises shadeand a dusky Southside morning light comesfeebly. She in fills a pot with water and puts it on to boil. She to the boy,between yawns,in a calls slightlymuffled voice. RUTH is about thirty. We can seethat was a she pretty girl, even exceptionally so, but now it isapparent that little life hasbeen that she expected, and disappointment has alreadybegunto hang in her face. In a few years, thirty-five even, will before she be known among her people as a"settled woman." She crosses to her son andgiveshim a good,final, rousing shake. RUTH: Come on now, boy, it's seven thirty! (Her sits at son up last, in a stuporof sleepiness.)I sayhurry Travis! up, You ain't the only person in the world got to use a bathroom! (The child, a sturdy, handsome littleboy of ten oreleven, himself drags out of the bed and almost blindly takeshistowelsand "today's clothes" from drawers and a closetandgoesout to thebathroom, which is in an outside...