Lorraine Hansberry Drama Analysis - Essay

Lorraine Hansberry Drama Analysis

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Lorraine Hansberry claimed Sean O’Casey as one of the earliest and strongest influences on her work and cited his realistic portrayal of character as the source of strength in his plays. In To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, she praised O’Casey for describingthe human personality in its totality. O’Casey never fools you about the Irish . . . the Irish drunkard, the Irish braggart, the Irish liar . . . and the genuine heroism which must naturally emerge when you tell the truth about people. This . . . is the height of artistic perception . . . because when you believe people so completely . . . then you also believe them in their moments of heroic assertion: you don’t doubt them.

In her three most...

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