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A Raisin in the Sun [KINDLE] ❅ A Raisin in the Sun By Lorraine Hansberry – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Never before in the entire history of the American theater has so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on the stage observed James Baldwin shortly before A Raisin in the Sun opened on B Never before in the entire in the MOBI ó history of the American theater has so much A Raisin ePUB í of the truth of black people's lives been seen on the stage observed James Raisin in the Kindle Ó Baldwin shortly before A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in Indeed Lorraine Hansberry's award winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling working class family living on the South Side of Chicago connected profoundly with the psyche of black America and changed American theater forever  The play's title comes from a line in Langston Hughes's poem Harlem which warns that a dream deferred might dry uplike A Raisin in the SunThe events of every passing year add resonance to A Raisin in the Sun said The New York Times  It is as if history is conspiring to make the play a classic  This Modern Library edition presents the fully restored uncut version of Hansberry's landmark work with an introduction by Robert Nemiroff.

  • Hardcover
  • 162 pages
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • Lorraine Hansberry
  • English
  • 24 May 2016
  • 9780375508332

About the Author: Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an in the MOBI ó American playwright and writer Hansberry inspired Nina Simone's A Raisin ePUB í song To Be Young Gifted and BlackShe was the first black woman to write Raisin in the Kindle Ó a play performed on Broadway Her best known work the play A Raisin in the Sun highlights the lives of Black Americans living under racial segregation in Chicago Hansberry's family had struggled against segregation chall.



10 thoughts on “A Raisin in the Sun

  1. Brina Brina says:

    In 1959 29 year old Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun which went on to become one of a handful of great American plays Five years later she would succumb to cancer but not before Raisin penetrated the upper echelon of American plays What is remarkable about Hansberry's rise to stardom is that she was virtually unknown and African American at a time when African Americans were just starting to make gains in society And yet Raisin made to Broadway and television cementing its place as a classic American play The year is sometime between World War II and 1959 when Hansberry first produced this play The Younger family of Chicago's south side has lived in a two flat apartment for as long as they can remember Upon the death of the family's patriarch Big Walter Mama Lena stands to gain 10000 in life insurance money At the time this was a considerable sum of money and Mama desired to use it fulfill the American dream buy a house put her daughter through college invest in her son's business plans Yet things do not go according to plan Hansberry has created memorable characters in Mama her daughter Beneatha son Walter Lee and daughter in law Ruth Beneatha represents the new black woman attempting to finish medical school at a time when few blacks or women became doctors She also was enticed by the back to Africa movement popular at the time even though her family believed her to have a brighter future in America Meanwhile Walter Lee dreams of starting a chain of businesses and moving up in the world so that his children could have a brighter future than the life he and has parents have lived His wife Ruth shares those dreams to a certain extent and like any family there is tension between the couple which Hansberry pens elouently Hansberry touches on the racial prejudices still prevalent even in northern cities in the years between Jackie Robinson integrating baseball and the passage of the Civil Rights Act Whites torched blacks' properties paid them not to move into their neighborhoods or started the white flight movement The Youngers want to fulfill the American dream that had been absent to them in their years as slaves sharecroppers chauffeurs and maids Their white would be neighbors want to do all in their power to prevent this from happening Hansberry's words ring out today as much as they did in 1959 The tensions had be captivated to find out the denouement and must have been even powerful on stage with gifted actors as Esther Rolle as Mama and Sidney Poitier as Walter Lee Yet these words still are poignant when read in book form these 57 years later Lorraine Hansberry penetrated the inner circle of American playwrights at a time when African Americans had a select few role models to look up to Her play is still discussed in schools as a lesson in race relations and tolerance to all people In a short five years between Raisin's debut and her untimely death she penned three plays as well as memoirs which had been released posthumously I rate Hansberry's everlasting contribution to American play writing A Raisin in the Sun 5 bright stars I look forward to reading her other plays

  2. Carol Carol says:

    Ten stars please All the stars for Ms Hansberry's haunting revealing play As fresh in 2018 as it was in 1958

  3. Fabian Fabian says:

    May just possibly be my all time favorite American play The circuit is so taut the story is so heartbreaking life altering and thought provoking I cannot wait to ever catch it live at the theatreAt 29 Hansberry orchestrated something even Arthur Miller Tennessee Williams wanted a TRUE portrait of the American Family how the roles are intertwined dependent upon the others The maestros don't come as close as she I am inclined to thinkWell a modern work Angels in America makes it a tie

  4. Carol Carol says:

    First published in 1959 this play tells the story of a poor African American family ruled by mama who has big plans to make a better life for her family but must wait for the check and overcome a few obstacles along the way like her bitter and self absorbed son WalterSet in a small rundown roach infested apartment on Chicago's south side A RAISIN IN THE SUN brings to light issues of racism and segregation but also family pride and forgivenessAnother surprisingly good play

  5. Diane Diane says:

    What an outstanding playRecently I saw an excellent production of A Raisin in the Sun and it was so good I decided to reread the play I first read this in college during a course on African American Theater and as part of the class we watched the 1961 film starring Sidney Poitier in the role he debuted on Broadway in 1959 The film is great but this was my first time seeing the play performed live and it was incredibly moving The story follows the Youngers a black family in Chicago's Southside in the 1950s All the scenes are set in their cramped apartment and we uickly learn that tensions are high for the family The matriarch Mama Lena recently lost her husband and is expecting a 10000 insurance check Her son Walter is drunk with hope that he can use that money to invest in a liuor store Meanwhile Mama's daughter Beneatha is in college and wants to be a doctor but she's also juggling two very different suitors George and Asagai Walter's wife Ruth learns she's pregnant and is worried for the future The couple's young son Travis is forced to sleep on the living room couch every night and Ruth is worried things will never get betterWhat is impressive about this play is how many social issues come up in the family conversations but it never feels forced It's just life as it is and the play became a landmark not just because it was the first time a black woman wrote a play that was performed on Broadway but because of how relatable these family problems were Parents not understanding their children Children experimenting with different cultures Adults wanting their life to mean than just an hourly wage Everyone wishing for a nicer home What family can't relate to this?If you ever have a chance to see a production of A Raisin in the Sun I highly recommend it Five stars for Lorraine HansberryNoteThe title of the play is taken from a poem by Langston HughesWhat happens to a dream deferred?Does it dry upLike a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore —And then run?Does it stink like rotten meatOr crust and sugar over —Like a syrupy sweet?Maybe it just sagsLike a heavy load Or does it explode?Favorite uotesMAMA Something has changed In my time we was worried about not being lynched and getting to the North if we could and how to stay alive and still have a pinch of dignity too Now here come you and Beneatha — talking 'bout things we ain't never even thought about hardly me and your daddy You ain't satisfied or proud of nothing we done I mean that you had a home; that we kept you out of trouble till you was grown; that you don't have to ride to work on the back of nobody's streetcar — You my children — but how different we done becomeASAGAI Then isn't there something wrong in a house — in a world — where all dreams good or bad must depend on the death of a man?MAMA Child when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then you ain't through learning — because that ain't the time at all It's when he's at his lowest and can't believe in hisself 'cause the world done whipped him so When you starts measuring somebody measure him right child measure him right Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is

  6. leynes leynes says:

    A Raisin in the Sun 1959 is hands down one of my favorite plays Usually only Oscar my smol son can lure me in with his dramas but Lorraine might have snatched that crown from his hands Where Oscar is witty and hilarious Lorraine is ruthless and raw She doesn't shy away from showing the harsh reality black people especially black women faced in the United StatesWhat happens to a dream deferred?      Does it dry up      like a raisin in the sun?      Or fester like a sore—      And then run?      Does it stink like rotten meat?      Or crust and sugar over—      like a syrupy sweet?      Maybe it just sags      like a heavy load       Or does it explode?– Harlem by Langston HughesHughes was specifically addressing the situation of blacks in America who had been systematically denied access to the various American dreams of education career purchasing power etc Asking if deferred dreams explode is a subtle or not so subtle way of reminding readers that deferred dreams don’t always decay and disappear; they can very well trigger explosionsThe epigraph is a way for Hansberry to point to both the universal nature of her play – everyone has dreams – and its particular nature – black Americans have been forced to defer their dreams than othersThe play speaks to issues that are now inescapable value systems of the black family; concepts of African American beauty and identity; class and generational conflicts; the relationships of husbands and wives black men and women; the outspoken if then yet unnamed feminism of the daughter; and in the penultimate scene between Beneatha and Asagai the larger statement of the play which functions as a mirror to the central battle of its time integration vs pan africanism The story tells of a black family's experiences in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood as they attempt to better themselves with an insurance payout of 10000 following the death of the father Walter and Ruth Younger their son Travis along with Walter's mother Lena Mama and Walter's sister Beneatha live in poverty in a dilapidated two bedroom apartment on Chicago's south side Walter is barely making a living as a limousine driver Though Ruth is content with their lot Walter is not and desperately wishes to become wealthy His plan is to invest in a liuor store in partnership with Willy and Bobo street smart acuaintances of Walter'sWhile all this is going on Beneatha's character and direction in life are being defined for us by two different men Beneatha's wealthy and educated boyfriend George Murchison and Joseph Asagai George represents the fully assimilated black man who denies his African heritage with a smarter than thou attitude which Beneatha finds disgusting while dismissively mocking Walter's lack of money and education Asagai patiently teaches Beneatha about her African heritage; he gives her thoughtfully useful gifts from Africa while pointing out she is unwittingly assimilating herself into white ways She straightens her hair for example which he characterizes as mutilation A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway as well as the first with a black director Lloyd Richards With a cast in which all but one minor character is African American A Raisin in the Sun was considered a risky investment and it took over a year for producer Philip Rose to raise enough money to launch it There was disagreement with how it should be played with focus on the mother or focus on the son When the play hit New York Poitier played it with the focus on the son and found not only his calling but an audience enthralledHowever the reception of the play showed in a shocking way the disconnect between white and black culture in the US While the play was celebrated by white and black audiences alike the reasons were completely different ones Thus in many reviews from white people and later academic studies the Younger family was transformed into an acceptably 'middle class' family The decision to move became a desire to 'integrate' rather than as Mama says simply 'to find the nicest house for the least amount of money for my family Them houses they put up for colored in them areas way out always seem to cost twice as much'The Younger family is part of the black majority and the concerns dismissed as 'middle class' – buying a home and moving into 'white folks' neighborhoods' – are actually reflective of the essence of black people's striving and the will to defeat segregation discrimination and national oppression There is no such thing as 'white folks' neighborhood' except to racists and to those submitting to racism Mama herself – about whose acceptance of her place in the society there is not a word in the play and who in uest of her family's survival over the soul and body crushing conditions of the ghetto is prepared to defy housing pattern taboos threats bombs and God knows what else – became the safely conservative matriarch upholder of the social order and proof that if one only perseveres with faith everything will come out right in the end and the system ain't so bad after all At the same time necessarily Big Walter Younger – the husband who reared this family with her and whose unseen presence and influence can be heard in every scene – vanished from analysis And perhaps most ironical of all to the playwright who had herself as a child been almost killed in such a real life story the climax of the play became pure and simple a happy ending – despite the fact that it leaves the Youngers on the brink of what will surely be in their new home at best a nightmare of uncertainty If he thinks that's a happy ending said Hansberry in an interview I invite him to come live in one of the communities where the Youngers are goingIn her early childhood Lorraine's parents bought a house in the white neighborhood of Washington Park an action that resulted in a legal case Hansberry v Lee 1940 Lorraine reflects upon the litigation in her book To Be Young Gifted and Black Twenty five years ago my father spent a small personal fortune his considerable talents and many years of his life fighting in association with NAACP attorneys Chicago’s ‘restrictive covenants’ in one of this nation's ugliest ghettos That fight also reuired our family to occupy disputed property in a hellishly hostile ‘white neighborhood’ in which literally howling mobs surrounded our house My memories of this ‘correct’ way of fighting white supremacy in America include being spat at cursed and pummeled in the daily trek to and from school And I also remember my desperate and courageous mother patrolling our household all night with a loaded German Luger pistol doggedly guarding her four children while my father fought the respectable part of the battle in the Washington court The play develops the theme of standing up to racial discrimination by fighting it on many fronts By cowing down to threats by whites or by accepting financial considerations to accept the demands made by the whites only make life harder for the colored people In the play the Younger family aspires to better living conditions and better education They are conscientious law abiding citizens but the neighbors cannot see beyond their colorIn addition to its brilliant exploration of timely themes such as the emasculation of the black man and the conseuences of instutionalized racism the play could score in other areas as well especially with its humour Hansberry had a knack for including scenes that were absolutely true to life while still exploring the comedy of the situationRuth What kind of eggs do you want?Walter Not scrambled RUTH starts to scramble eggsI have never encountered a loving and real family in fiction Lorraine balanced the heart wrenching and light hearted scenes with excellence A Raisin in the Sun made me laugh and cry and above all think You need this in your life

  7. Bam cooks the books ;-) Bam cooks the books ;-) says:

    What happens to a dream deferred?Does it dry upLike a raisin in the sun? from Langston Hughes' poem 'Harlem'A family of African Americans living in a flat on the south side of Chicago must decide what to do with a 10000 life insurance check being paid out after the death of the father Mama wants to realize her dream of having a real home with a garden; daughter Beneatha wants to go to medical school and become a doctor; son Walter wants to invest with friends and open a liuor store Can any of these dreams come true? It's amazing how much about American life and family relationships playwright Hansberry was able to fit into the length of one 3 hour play Written in 1959 Hansberry was able to see issues that were coming to the forefront of our society not only civil rights and desegregation efforts but also feminism Many of the topics she addresses are still important today We have not put racism behind us yet as recent events show all too clearly The May 2019 book club selection for my library's Readers Roundtable group A classic play; a must read

  8. Joel Joel says:

    What happens to a dream deferred?Does it dry uplike a raisin in the sun?Or fester like a sore And then run?Does it stink like rotten meat?Or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet?Maybe it just sagslike a heavy loadOr does it explode?I decided to assign this to my Honors American Lit class before I had even read it myself I'm so glad I did I really enjoyed the characters And while students get a kick out of lines like Why you always wear them faggoty white shoes? it also deals with some important ideas about material versus spiritual or transcendental goals about self identity and what it is to be a man I was pleased and moved

  9. Timothy Urges Timothy Urges says:

    It’s dangerous son What’s dangerous?When a man goes outside his home to look for peace A Raisin in the Sun clearly illustrates the motivations of each member of the Younger family in an empathetic and relatable way I could be any one of these people and yet as the White cis male that I am I will never experience the prejudice and hate that surrounds Black lives or experience the difficulty of reaching the dreams that are dragged out of my reach The play follows a small family that is attempting to move up in life to find a business that matters or a home that is worth than the apartment that is falling down around them We see the challenges of being Black in a world that shrugs off Black suffering as if it does not matter And we see the ignorance that hides in everyday life and the manipulation that can hide in a supposed act of kindness This is a beautiful play that I wish I could watch live The fallibility of the characters is most touching The saddest part is that the tribulations faced by the characters are still relevant Child when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then you ain’t through learning—because that ain’t the time at all It’s when he’s at his lowest and can’t believe in hisself ‘cause the world done whipped him so When you starts measuring somebody measure him right child measure him right Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is

  10. Raul Bimenyimana Raul Bimenyimana says:

    An end to misery To stupidity Don't you see there isn't any real progress Asagai there is only one large circle that we march in around and around each of us with our little picture in front of us our own little mirage of what we think is the futureThis is the best book I've read this year one of the best I've ever read It did everything I think a great story should and did it exceptionally well that is deposit the reader at the end illuminated stirred with a better understandingThe play is centered around the Younger family a Black family living in Chicago post World War II With the main characters representing three generations LenaMama the matriarch of the family representing the older generation Lena's son Walter his wife Ruth and sister Beneatha representing the new generation and Travis the grandchild representing the future generation The title of the play itself is from Langston Hughes' poem HarlemWhat happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load Or does it explode?Told in brilliant storytelling the dreams of all these characters are presented weighed scoffed at some humbler than others but all generations keeping and trying to maintain a dream that the system they're living under not only refuses to recognize but actively works to ruin I'll be thinking about this story for a while going through the incredible characterization all the wonderful scenes and there are several that I will pick up and look at still marveling and that superb ending

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