A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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How can A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry relate to young people in modern society?

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Langston Hughes wrote: What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

A Raisin in the Sun by Loraine Hansberry centers on the theme of dreams and aspirations.  The play centers on a black family; however, the play’s appeal is not confined to one particular race. Everyone wants a better life and his share of the American dream. The "better life" may look different for each character; yet, the core inspiration is common to all men. This drama takes its place as classic literature relevant in the world today.

The Young family faces problems that were typical of the middle twentieth century. The family works in subservient jobs that do not fulfill them.  The protagonist Walter Young has a dream that he feels will give him the ability to adequately take care of his family.  What will happen if Walter’s dream is deferred? Walter wants to be defined as a “man.”

  • He wants his son to be able to respect him.
  • His greatest motivation is to have Travis go to the college of...

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