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A Raisin In The Sun Is Visionary, Militant, And Even Revolutionary

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Introduction

Lorraine Hansberry creates one of the most honest images of the black family, during a period when mainly the presence of black audience does not exist. Before the play “A Raisin in the Sun”, the American stage was filled with small and comedic roles of African-American, mostly engaged racism stereotypes. However, Hansberry represents black family as a realistic light, and that description is critical and far away from comedic roles. She uses the concept of black vernacular and raises relevant issues and clashes specifically race, identity of African-American, poverty, socio economic class, power dynamics, social class and discrimination. Lorraine Hansberry play “A Raisin in The Sun” investigates the extreme tension in between black and white society and stress in the black community regarding how should react during the situation of an oppressive behavior from the white community. Lorraine Hansberry reveals about trend to celebrate an African heritage. Because, he invites for the native revolt in his native soil. It seems like she predicts the condition of an anti-colonial challenges in an upcoming decade of African countries, in addition to the predictability and need of integration (Burrell, 2014).

Analytical Thesis

According to the analytical thesis of “A Raisin in the Sun”, there are unique innovations to go around with that. It can desire accordingly to declare distinct view such as area, diverse coloration and climate used restricted point to unconventionally signify the American dream. According to the point of view of Fitzgerald, the American dream is completely staggering and the count of materialistic things is not important unless a person is not connected with the true earning of happiness. Though, the Younger family looks separated from the culture of white middle class, they make room for the materialistic dreams quite similar to the American society. In the year of 1950, the stereotypical dream of American was to live in a nice house with yard, happy family and an expensive car. Similarly, the Younger’s want to fulfill all the wishes of their dream , although their effort to attain all wishes are drastically different as compared to the effort of sub-urban family might come across as because the Younger family members  are not middle class stereotypical  family. Even ,they spend their live in a situation in which being a middle class is a dream (Sparknotes Editors, 2011).

Discussion

“A Raisin in the Sun” portrays the common Americans who come about as the black identity. Lorraine Hansberry explores how race prevents from achieving the dreams. Moreover, A Raisin in the Sun explains how the factor of race can become reason to create difficulties in the American dream. On the other hand, predominantly, race is considered as the latent backdrop in this play .This aspect emphasizes Lorraine Hansberry to produce universally appealing play and enables us to precisely and properly understand the affect of race in the family life of people.

Three Supporting Points

The topic of race plays a significant role in Hansberry play. Race issue discusses together with the class problem, race situation depicts cultural strength and appears as the most important elements in constructing the identity of Younger’s as a family and as an individual. Race identifies the social status of Younger’s family to a great degree, which results directly to the issues of poverty and class in play. There are three supporting points in the play, about the specific issue of race .First the identity of Beneatha’s conflict and Younger’s family purchase the house in a neighborhood of white. According to Beneatha’s , the race is a part of an entire matrix of issues that bother her regarding her own identity. The second point is class, Africa , gender , pan-Africanism and profession fit into the effort of beneath to develop an identity that will help her with positive and dignified self-image. The issue of race for Beneatha is bigger than the other issues and also is broad as compared to other issues. The final and the most significant point which clearly portrays the racism is the visit with Karl Lindner. Although he even does not recognize himself as the racist and his strategies is seemed as less violent as compared to others, he wishes to live in the neighborhood of white (Mitchell, 2016).

Analysis Using Two Outside Sources

The play “A Raisin in the Sun” is analyzed using two outside sources that are Marxism theory and Langston Hughes poem .According to Marxism theory: the social class faces the race conflicts similar to the situation seen in Hansberry play. She discusses the racial struggle of white vs. African American. The title of this play references the assumption of Langston Hughes prominently poses in the poem he writes about the forgotten or delay dream. As he doubts whether such dream blow up or not “like a raisin in the sun” .Since, every family members have its individual dream, Beneatha wishes to become a professional doctor , Walter wishes to have a lot of money so that he can raise the standard of living . Furthermore, Beneatha seems as the lord of her power as compared to others. According to all these points, racism and race issue are central and are also assumed as central in an encouraging the consequent decisions and discussion  related to Younger’s family. The illogical behavior on the race issue and restrictions those biases generation are tangled with the basic interpersonal conflicts that the Younger family faces and, in the end, overcomes.

Evidences

There is an understandable manifestation of power and through power what is possible to achieve based on the race. Mama, Ruth and Walter, all hold inferior jobs and their salaries do not up to mark to reach at a higher level. They enter in the infinite circle of exhausting work to serve others that by no mean get them achieve their dream. Even, the husband of Mama (Big Walter) died in the similar work circle: “I guess that's how come that man finally worked his self to death like he done. Like, he was fighting his own war with this here world that took his baby from him (Act One, scene one)”(Price, 2016). Beneatha trembles the mentioned line of power by acquiring a good education and possess great aspiration regarding her family members also has been capable to achieve her dreams. Beneatha good education gives her the courage and self-perceived power to speak about the racial topic such as on what black people means to their identity and assimilation. “It means someone who is willing to give up his own culture, and submerge himself completely, in the dominant and this case oppressive culture!  (Act Two, scene one)”(Price, 2016).

Conclusion

“A Raisin in the Sun” is considered as the main turning point in the history of American art because it clearly addresses so many problems that were important during the year of 1950 in United States of America. The 1950s are considered as the mocked , era of self satisfaction and conformism of modern times that symbolized as the border edge growth and a money making culture that seemed in that decade. Such point of view is completely superficial at its best level. The particular aspect of economic prosperity characterized America in World War II resulted growing racial and domestic tension. The 1950s stereotype, America is considered as the land of happy families as well as black satisfied with inferior position that resulted the ups well of socialized bitterness that would end with the arisen of the public voice in feminist and civil right movement of the year 1960.In the play,“A Raisin in the Sun” Lorraine Hansberry explores vital issues of race and the play performs first time as the conventional drift into major sixties. Furthermore, Hansberry raised the feminist related question of that time in the play “A Raisin in the Sun”. Through presenting Beneatha character, Hansberry suggests that marriage is not essential for women and women should have determined goals for career. She even discusses about the abortion debate, admitting the abortion topic to come in action at the time when abortion is considered as an illegal act. One of the most significant statement of Hansberry is the production and writing of this play—no small accomplishment given her the category of a black young woman in 1950s. Hence ,A Raisin in the Sun” is visionary, militant, and even revolution

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