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Raisin in the Sun

Book Summary   by:tochh     Original Author: Lorraine Hansberry
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Lorraine Hansberry''s ''Raisin in the Sun'' (1959) presents a protagonist who ultimately chooses the primacy of the family but Walter also wants to make it on his own, to do something outside the dictates of family.However, he comes to see it in a way that would foreshadow the importance of family in postintegration literature, that loyalty to family is of central importance. The play is a quiet celebration of the black family, the importance of African roots, the equality of women, the vulnerability of marriage, the true value of money, the survival of the individual, and the nature of man''s dreams. It essentially concerns the Younger family- black, poor and hopelessly trapped in a Chicago ghetto. It deals with two problems: discords of a family with high hopes and social injustice of segregation.
''Raisin in the Sun'' has garnered praise as among the most sensitive and revealing portraits of the African family and its multi- generational struggle for equality. It is an authentic portrait of the aspirations, anxieties, ambitions and contradictory pressures affecting humble Negro folk in an American big city.
Published: March 01, 2008   
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