Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" Book Review by History Buff

Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun"
A look at how Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" offers a glimpse at the social problems and resulting attitudes of African Americans during the 1950s.
# 107215 | 1,055 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | US


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Description:

This essay examines the play "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry. The paper discusses the political history of the 1950s and 1960s and the relationship between the period of time in which the family in "A Raisin in the Sun" lived and the events that unfolded in the play are discussed. The paper concludes that "A Raisin in the Sun" is truly a window into the lives of African Americans in the 1950s.

From the Paper:

"Beneatha seeks to become a doctor in an era where there were few female doctors, and on top of that even less African-American doctors. In that aspect, she is trying to push the limits of the glass ceiling that society has placed upon her. In addition to what society places on her, Beneatha has to deal with the limitations that her family imposes on her; in one scene, she expresses her atheistic beliefs to her very traditional mother and is slapped and made to apologize."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Brown v. Board of Education" The Oxford Guide to the United States Government. John J. Patrick, Richard M. Pious, and Donald A. Ritchie. Oxford University Press, 2001. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Shawnee State University. 31 March 2008 http://0-www.oxfordreference.com.beartrack.shawnee.edu:80/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t89.e90
  • "civil rights" The Oxford Guide to the United States Government. John J. Patrick, Richard M. Pious, and Donald A. Ritchie. Oxford University Press, 2001. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Shawnee State University. 31 March 2008 http://0-www.oxfordreference.com.beartrack.shawnee.edu:80/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t89.e153
  • Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. Literature and the Writing Process. 7th Ed. McMahon, Day, Funk. New Jersey. Pearson Hall, 2004. 968-1022.
  • "Plessy v. Ferguson" The Oxford Guide to the United States Government. John J. Patrick, Richard M. Pious, and Donald A. Ritchie. Oxford University Press, 2001. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Shawnee State University. 31 March 2008 http://0-www.oxfordreference.com.beartrack.shawnee.edu:80/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t89.e661

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"Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun"" 29 August 2008. Web. 19 April. 2024. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/lorraine-hansberry-a-raisin-in-the-sun-107215/>

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