A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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What was Hansberry trying to convey to the audience in A Raisin in the Sun?  

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In my view the central theme of A Raisin in the Sun is that all people, regardless of their background, have essentially the same goals and hopes in this life for themselves and their families. The Younger family are emblematic of humanity. Those specific factors in Hansberry's play that exemplify the African American experience, in the early days of the Civil Rights movement, reveal just how far the U.S. still needed to go in creating an equal society (and unfortunately, it still needs to go much further). The Youngers are beset by problems and obstacles resulting from racism and bigotry, when they simply wish to achieve their goals like everybody else: to live, work, provide education for their son, and reside in a nice neighborhood. Though the play is, justifiably, an indictment of racism, it goes much deeper than that. One could argue that the experience of the Youngers, though shaped by the discrimination directed against them, is a more heightened, more intense form of the...

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