TO WHAT EXTENT IS THE PLAY, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, STILL RELEVANT TODAY? DOES THE WAY HANSBERRY EXPLORES THESE THEMES STILL HOLD TRUE TODAY?

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The play A Raisin in the Sun is still relevant. There are still people who have dreams that are yet to come true. As long as their are people who dream, there will be relevance in a play like A Raisin in the Sun. Today, there are people who still live in poverty. They still have nothing but dreams. They struggle to survive in the dog eat dog world in which we live. 

No doubt, there is still racism. Although we have come a long way, there are still racist people in the world. There are still people who have there dreams shot down by those who do not believe in them. There is a Walter out there who is sick and tired of the subservient job that brings no sense of satisfaction. 

Somewhere in the world, there is a Walter who is being judged by the color of his skin. There is someone who does not dare to share his dream for fear that someone will shoot it down. There is a Walter who feels trapped in a world that is not fair. Truly, A Raisin in the Sun is still relevant. There are some people who do not desire to live next to a person of color. Yes, racism is relevant. Racism is a serious issue even today. Times have changed but racism still exists:

The clear primary theme of A Raisin in the Sun has to do with race and racism. The Youngers live in a segregated neighborhood in a city that remains one of the most segregated in the United States. 

Clearly, racism still exists. There is a Karl Lindner in the world today. He represents the prejudiced section in the world today. He does not want to have neighbors who are black. Although racist people may not be as confrontational, there are racist people who do not want to live beside black people:

Closely related to the theme of race and racism is the theme of prejudice and tolerance. Karl Lindner and his neighbors are clearly prejudiced against black people.

A Raisin in the Sun is still relevant and should be taught. It is important to reveal prejudiced attitudes, forcing people to deal with their racial attitudes. The more racism is exposed, the more we can try and change racist people. 

Fortunately, there are people who support families like the Youngers. There are those who are cheering them on, hoping all their dreams come true, but until racism is crushed in all its ugliness, A Raisin in the Sun will be a relevant play.  

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