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A Raisin in the Sun Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers and professors will be able to guide their students through A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. This lesson plan will help you as you and your class explore the issues addressed in this play, which is set during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Some of Hansberry's themes include racism, sexism, and the definition of the American Dream. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Who are Willy and Bobo in A Raisin in the Sun? They are two "friends" of Walter who want him to go in partners with them in a liquor store.
- Walter said, "Damn my eggs . . . damn all the eggs that ever was!" Why? He has been telling Ruth about his dream and she tells him to eat his eggs. He wants to talk and dream of a better life; she wants him to face reality and deal with his present world. This makes him frustrated, makes him feel like she doesn't support him.
- Who was Karl Lindner, and why did he visit the Youngers' house? He was from Clybourne Park Improvement Association. He was calling to ask the Youngers not to move into their white neighborhood. The association members were willing to pay the Youngers not to move in.
- Why didn't Beneatha want to be a doctor anymore? She used to think that fixing people's ailments was the best thing to do. Now she thinks that physical ailments aren't the problem of society. People's hearts aren't true. She gives up on the human race and calls them "puny, small, and selfish." She sees no human battle worth fighting.
- How did Asagai define "idealists" and "realists"? "[Life] is simply a long line -- as in geometry, you know, one that reaches into infinity. And because we cannot see the end -- we also cannot see how it changes. And it is very odd but those who see the changes are called "idealists" -- and those who cannot, or refuse to think, they are the "realists."
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