Drama Analysis - a Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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DRAMA ANALYSIS - by S. Tropnas of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

I. Central Idea or theme of play
A Raisin in the Sun is a three-act drama focusing on the black working class Younger family subjected to the emotional stresses of living in a cramped apartment while confronting bigotry and economic hardship. They dream of leaving behind the ghetto apartment they have all lived in for many years. The play’s title comes from the opening lines of “Harlem, a poem by Langston Hughes, which reads, “What happens to a dream deferred? / Does it dry up / like a raisin in the sun?” Throughout the play, the idea of deferred dreams is a prominent theme, as each member of the family struggles to find a place amidst a number o setbacks.
II. Definitions of words in scene nonplussed – To put at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; bewilder. A state of perplexity, confusion or bewilderment. Thefreedictionary.com states that recently nonplussed has come to mean unimpressed.
III. Climax of the play; climax of the scene
The climax of the play occurs with Bobo's telling Walter that the money is gone and includes the family's immediate response to this tragic news.
The climax of the scene of the scene is when Beneatha challenges the idea of God, thereby challenging her mother and the conventions of how and young lady Beneatha’s age should behave, speak and think.
IV. Mood or atmosphere of play; character’s mood or attitude in scene

The author expresses many political and sociological views in this play, ideas which attack racism and prejudice. By the end of the play, I believe that the author’s objective is to move the audience to either take action after having seen the drama or to change previously held bigoted beliefs.

Beneatha’s mood or attitude in the scene is one of sheer rebellion. She rebels against intellectual, social and religious conventions.
V. Locus of scene
The scene appears to take place inside of their small apartment, specifically

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