A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun

In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, an African American family living during the 1950’s in a studio apartment deal with lots of struggles and distinctions that cause each member of the family to have different dreams. The family is offered an insurance coverage check from the daddy’s death that opens many doors for the household. Although this check opens lots of doors, the household’s thoughts of what they need to do, do not line up, and it doubts which door the household, as a whole should take.

Given that the check is not huge enough to support all of the family’s dream and aspirations, the household as a whole needs to decide what to do with the money, which triggers more drama with the household. Walter Lee’s dream was to take the money and open an alcohol shop with his pals. He believed that it would fix the family’s monetary problems and he would accomplish the American dream. Throughout the play, the theme of the American dream is prevalent and displayed in many parts of the play, and is what drives Walter Lee to make the decisions that he does.

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1930 to Carl and Nancy Hansberry and the youngest of four kids. After writing the play, A Raisin in the Sun she ended up being the first black female to have a play on Broadway, the very first black and youngest American to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and was a trailblazer for all other blacks who wanted to get their work published. A Raisin in the Sun was her very first staged play in 1959, and remains her finest known work and it’s popular appeal has actually been acknowledged still to this day.

Hansberry’s life was quickly ended after a battle with cancer at the age of thirty-four. In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter Lee Younger’s dream is to open his own alcohol store with his good friends in order to solve the family’s financial issues. What Walter Lee was trying to reach was the American dream. The American dream is reaching success and equality, which is believed to be achievable by coming to America and working hard. It is believed that by being in America, level playing fields are readily available to anybody who works hard, and liberty is given to everybody.

Walter Lee Younger learns the difficult method that the American dream isn’t only about the cash, however about having a family who are helpful with bad and good decisions. When Walter Lee discovers that his family is going to be getting a big check for $10,000, he chooses that he wants to use that cash to begin his imagine opening a liquor store to own with his buddies. He believes that this is what the American dream is all about, and thinks that owning this liquor store will offer his family with money and liberty. Although his household disagrees with his plans, he firmly insists that he needs to take all the cash to make his company deal. Mother: Oh, So now it’s life. Cash is life. As soon as upon a time freedom used to be life– now it’s cash. I think the world actually do change …” (Hansberry 1317). Although Walter’s view of the American dream is skewed, his household believes his options in life are being made for all the wrong factors and they have a different view of what the American dream is. Although Walter Lee has the wrong concept about what the American dream is in the start of the play, he does discover what the dream really is due to failure and rejection. “A Raisin in the Sun is about dreams, paradoxically enough.

And how those mental forecasts of human life can enter conflict like any other product of that life.” (Baraka). Ahmiri Baraka goes over how someone’s dreams and how they perceive their dreams don’t constantly line up. When Walter Lee tried to make his dreams a reality, the result of what he thought his dreams to be were completely different. This triggered Walter Lee to alter his views of what the American dream was everything about. Walter Lee now rather of believing the American dream had to do with having cash, thinks that the American dream has to do with having liberty and being with family that supports their choices.

Walter Lee now comprehends really what the American dream is about and decides no quantity of cash can buy his liberty or his home. “Walter: [W] e have actually chosen to move into our home because my father– my father– he made it for us brick by brick. We do not wish to make no difficulty for nobody or fight no causes, and we will try to be excellent next-door neighbors. And that’s all we got to say about that. We do not want your money.” (Hansberry 1353). Now with Walter Lee pertaining to his senses, his concerns were changed and nothing could make up for his flexibility, and all he hard work that his father had actually done to offer them. He finally discovered what the American dream was all about and couldn’t be prouder. In the play A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, the story of a male coming to his senses and finding what he had always been in search of assisted portray the typical misconceptions of what the American dream seems to be about, and the real reality. Walter Lee’s drive to successfully reach the American dream assists him find himself and what he was in fact searching for.

He altered as a character and had over all matured. Money was no longer important to him as much as it was in the past and he knew that absolutely nothing might buy his freedom, or his self-respect. This eventually resulted in Walter Lee rejecting the swelling of cash for their home.? Functions Cited Baraka, Amiri. “A Raisin in the Sun’s’ Long-lasting Passion.” ‘A Raisin in the Sun’; and The Check In Sidney Brustein’s Window. Lorraine Hansberry. Ed. Robert Nemiroff. New American Library, 1987. 9-20. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Roger Matuz and Cathy Falk.

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