"A Raisin in the Sun"
This paper reviews and analyzes the semi-autobiographical novel "A Raisin in the Sun," written by, African-American author, Lorraine Hansberry.
# 68463 | 1,996 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Aug 21, 2006 in Literature (American) , English (Narrative) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (General)
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This well-researched paper examines the plot and main characters in Hansberry's novel, which centers on the Younger family, an honest, hard-working African-American family struggling to fulfill their dreams. This paper examines the hardships and social conflicts facing this and other African-American families in the early part of the 20th century. This paper focuses on the character of Benethea, the most educated member of the family, striving to realize her dream of becoming a doctor. The writer discusses Benethea's seemingly modern way of thinking and her ongoing struggles with her family, primarily with her traditional mother. The writer contends and explains why Hansberry's novel is a stunning depiction and narration illustrating the setbacks and difficulties of the Younger family in their ongoing pursuit for happiness.
From the Paper:"The impediments of Beneatha differed extensively from that of both Walter and Lena. Firstly, Beneatha is only twenty years of age and pretty. Women like Beneatha were anticipated to marry and rear children and not to be a doctor or pursue any education beyond the High School. Secondly, the acute innocence of Beneatha towards the environment around her influences her perceptions of her family and Asagai actions and words. When Beneatha becomes aware of the loss of the money by Walter, she is in a dilemma whether she will ever be a doctor. Mama confirms her that she will, if God is willing. Beneatha reacts by atheistic attitude. The postponement of her dream leads her faith to aggravate like a sting and then vanish. The faith of Beneatha had not wavered before, but presently that all she has ever desirous of was insecurely lynching in the balance. She mockingly refers to the grave errors committed by her brother and questions if God exists and it may be man who performs miracles."
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