A Rasin in the Sun Essay

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A Raisin in the Sun By Lorraine Hansberry In this paper I am going to discuss the type of play I believe this follows along with an overall review that I feel this play provided after reading it. It was a little difficult just reading the play without actually watching it performed but in a way it also made me picture everything as it happened and it almost gives you a better overall view of how plays are put together along with everything the author has to provide so their feelings can be reflected also. A Raisin in the Sun is a climatic structured play because it is a short time period in this family’s life that is portrayed to us. Along with the short time span the Youngers family also goes through many different conflicts because they all have their own dreams of what should be done with the money they received. This play portrays a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. When the play begins the Youngers are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. This money comes from the late father’s life insurance policy after he passed away. Each of the remaining adult members of the family has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. The matriarch of the family, Mama, wants to buy a house to fulfill a dream she shared with her husband. Mama’s son, Walter Lee, would rather use the money to invest in a liquor store with his friends. He believes that the investment will solve the family’s financial problems forever. Walter’s wife, Ruth, agrees with Mama, however she has her own problems and her husband to support, and hopes that she and Walter can provide more space and opportunity for their son, Travis. Finally, Beneatha, Walter’s sister and Mama’s daughter, wants to use the money for her medical school tuition. She also wishes that her family members were not so

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