The African American Family in A Raisin in the Sun

An analysis of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

The paper examines Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”, which focuses on the dynamics and ideals of the African American family in the 1950s. The paper discusses how the tension between life and death and hope and despair is the foundation of this quintessential domestic drama; the paper also examines the relationships between men and women and the struggle for power and control. The paper asserts that Hansberry had a deep understanding of the culture of African Americans; she believed that in order to succeed, the people had to accept that culture.
“The play tells of the struggles of a middle-class black family in Chicago, one generation removed from the Deep South, to overcome prejudice and hardship and move up the economic ladder. (Vaughan; 1997)
“Although the pain is palpable in this human drama, so is the love of a family that uses its crisis to sort out what truly matters. In the midst of their money squabble, Lena reminds them that a generation earlier they would have given anything just for the freedom they now take for granted.
“Living in a capitalistic world everyone in America want to achieve a certain level of economic success. The desires to succeed cause people to become materialistic in life and the ultimate American dream become stained by the tint of greed. Though all the opportunities are present for many the attainment of the ideals become difficult as different factors intrude in the legalistic concepts that a democratic society breeds.”