Racism and Sexism in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 Play, “A Raisin in the Sun”


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Racism and Sexism in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 Play, "A Raisin in the Sun"
Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun is a moving deconstruction of the pressures felt by people of minority race and gender. Racism and sexism leave an imprint on the imaginations of the main characters as they try and sort out what to do with a large sum of cash. The competing visions of what right way the money should be spent demonstrates a splintering of the family unit as they their dreams for a better life collide in a world where black is not white and female is not male. This play is about an African American experience but it is not about the African American experience specifically, though it was written by an African American woman. The...
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..... makes the Younger home a metaphor for the agitated thinker. That metaphorical mind is a house full of conflicts, conflicted impulses banging into each other. The viewer gets the feeling that when Walter was being rude to Ruth, it was not really Walter speaking. Beneatha also spoke callously to Ruth, who seemed to get more than her fair share of flak in this play, perhaps because her idea of preparing Travis’s future with the cash was probably best.
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