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Risen in the Sun

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Biography

Lorrain Hansberry was born in 1930 in Chicago to the parent of Carl and Nannie Perry Hansberry. In 1953 she married Robert Nemiroff. She studied as the University of Wisconsin for four years where she studied art. (www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Lorraine) Hansberry was the first black woman to have a play produced on Broadway. That play was a Raisin in the Sun and to this day is still considered to be a classic. A raisin in the sun was voted the Best Play of the Year award by New York Drama Critics Circle in 1959. Gerald Weales wrote “Had the Raisin in the Sun won because it was the best play of the year, or because its author, Lorraine Hansberry, is a Negro? “ He also goes on to say: The first Negro woman to have a play on Broadway had its influence on the voting critics. Gerald Weales also stated that the play was a good play, but that it may not be the best during its time. He states “Tennessee Williams’ Sweet bird of Youth should have received it if it was going to be based on merit alone.” (www.commentarymagazine.com)

Summary

A raisin in the sun is a play set in the 1950s about the life of a black family named Younger. The family is faced with many issues of life as they all have recently become free but they are struggling to get out of poverty and become successful during a racial time period. The deceased father is portrayed as a hard-working, upright man who dies and leaves his wife with a $10,000.00 insurance policy check. The family members each dream of what is the best way to spend the money which would benefit the family. (http://newbiecritics.wordpress.com) The Raisin in the sun is a well-written play that shows how money can bring a family together or tear it apart. Ironically the loss of money in this play brought the family closer together once it was gone and forced Walter Lee Jr. to finally grow up and mature.

Thesis

Deferred dreams tend to make different people act different ways; it may cause one to dry up,...