What do the characters wear in A Raisin in the Sun?
In A Raisin in the Sun, with certain exceptions, the characters wear everyday Western attire. For the most part, there is nothing remarkable about their clothes. For instance, in Act I as we are introduced to the family, the stage notes say about Travis:
“The child, a sturdy, handsome little boy of ten or eleven, drags himself out of the bed and almost blindly takes his towels and “today’s clothes”…”
That is all the description we are given of Travis’ clothes, which likely is because they are not special. They are the clothes that most young boys his age wear: jeans, a sweater and sneakers perhaps. A few minutes later Travis appears on the stage fully dressed and the stage direction again says nothing special about his clothes.
The one character who does dress differently from most Americans of the day is Beneatha , who is interested in her African heritage, particularly after she meets Asagai. He gives her a Nigerian dress as a gift and she is thrilled. When her mother notices the...
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