A Raisin in the Sun Questions and Answers
by Lorraine Hansberry

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A Raisin in the Sun was considered a realistic portrayal of a contemporary problem, yet it has continued to be produced on stage and film. What do you think accounts for its continuing popularity?

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There are a couple of reasons that the play is as relevant today as it was when it was first produced.  The most jarring of these is that we still live in a world where socio- economic stratification is still a reality. The historical context in which Hansberry first writes the drama is not that different from where things are today.  There are still "bad" parts of urban centers and people wish to move into the "better" parts.  There is still resistance to such a move and while the pronouncement of this reality might not be on the...

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The main problem for Linder is that Walter’s family will not “fit in” with the people from his community. When he tries to appeal to the family, he brings up the fact that they will be moving to a place where no one will want them and implies that physical violence may ensue. This play will continue to be produced because there will always be a group of people who feel like they are on the outside looking in. They have felt the hate or experienced the discrimination that the Youngers endured and can empathize with the characters. When Walter makes the choice to move despite the tempting offer from Linder and teaches his son about the integrity he has for his family name, this decision gives the audience the hope for the future that things can change and they can become that change agent in their own lives. Institutionalized oppression can be traced throughout history. Today, families are still offered money to move out of their neighborhoods for improvements to be made. Until oppression ends, this play will remain relevant to all marginalized groups of people as the themes will ring true to their perspective on society.