A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine HansberryNever before, in the entire history of the American theater, has so much of the truth of black peoples lives been seen on the stage, observed James Baldwin shortly before A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in 1959.
Indeed Lorraine Hansberrys award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago connected profoundly with the psyche of black America--and changed American theater forever. The plays title comes from a line in Langston Hughess poem Harlem, which warns that a dream deferred might dry up/like a raisin in the sun.
The events of every passing year add resonance to A Raisin in the Sun, said The New York Times. It is as if history is conspiring to make the play a classic. This Modern Library edition presents the fully restored, uncut version of Hansberrys landmark work with an introduction by Robert Nemiroff.
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry - Summary & Analysis
The story tells of a black family's experiences in "Clybourne Park", a fictionalized version of the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago 's Woodlawn neighborhood, as they attempt to improve their financial circumstances with an insurance payout following the death of the father.
A Raisin in the Sun
This money comes from the deceased Mr. Each of the adult members of the family has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. The matriarch of the family, Mama, wants to buy a house to fulfill a dream she shared with her husband. She also wishes that her family members were not so interested in joining the white world. Beneatha instead tries to find her identity by looking back to the past and to Africa. As the play progresses, the Youngers clash over their competing dreams.
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What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.