A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Lorraine Hansberry
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Reviewer's Rating
Dec 10, 2023

The play by Hansberry considers the life of a household as they attempt to live an ideal life. The family faces discrimination and unfair treatment due to them being African Americans. Nonetheless, they aspire towards moving out of their current apartment and living in their own home. The family runs into trouble when Walter Lee Younger and his mother have a conflict of interest on whether they should buy a house with the money they have or attempt to begin a business opportunity. 

One of the theoretical mindsets in A Raisin in the Sun is the conflict between Idealism, Gradualism, and Realism. Some have different outlooks on the future than others; some individuals in the book are realists (the future of their generation is doomed, and is so for the generations forward), some are idealists (the future is bright; only progression occurs among generations), and others being gradualists (the future is positive; although today has its falls and rises in progression, over time circumstances improve). This broad theme, alongside others, makes this book engaging for the audience. Character interactions in this book are phenomenal, as they depict the motivators of characters for actions and spoken words. Many elements that go into the play, including imagery, diction, and character interactions, allow this book to be an enjoyable and thoughtful read. I give this book five marks from a maximum of five.

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