A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, American (1930-1965)
I have just finished reading one of the most poignant, heartrending, and honest plays ever written by an American playwright: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. It is the story of an American family’s courageous struggle against racial discrimination in post-World War II Chicago.
When the play opens, we meet the Younger family: the elderly Lena Younger, her daughter Beneatha, son Walter Lee, Walter Lee’s wife Ruth, and their young son Travis. They all share a clean but cramped apartment, filled with worn-out furniture. We learn that Lena, a widow in her 60’s, is waiting for her husband’s $10,000 life insurance check. The excitement builds as each family member tries to influence Lena on how to spend her money. Continue reading