Raisin in the Sun

An examination of the social impact of Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun.

This paper discusses how Hansberry’s play, “Raisin in the Sun”, was a catalyst for change regarding relationships between blacks and whites in the United States. It explains how it provided a backdrop for the examination of the problems and their changes and, in addition, aided in the racial integration of public schools. The paper examines the plot of the play, the background of the author, and the political situation of the country when the play was written.
“Before one can begin to analyze and understand the ways in which the work of literature contributed to changes in America when it came to race relations one must first have an understanding of the story itself.
The story focused on the Younger family.

The beginning of the book immediately begins to set the stage for understanding the plight of many black families during this era in American history. The typical black families at this time had a difficult time getting to the top of the economic success ladder and were often stuck in situations that were financially difficult. In this piece of literature the Younger family is anxiously waiting for a check to arrive.”