Discussion of A Raisin in the Sun and Fences

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During the Civil Rights Movement, a play illustrating the views and lifestyles of African Americans truly didn’t exist. Lorraine Hansberry would be the initial change that would spark life in African American theater. In 1959, Ms. Hansberry wrote a play that transformed the typical notion of African Americans. “A Raisin in the Sun”, placed whites into the shoes of African Americans, revealing the feeling of discrimination. Surprisingly the play was praised and opened the door for fellow African American playwrights. Shortly after, a bright man by the name of August Wilson introduced “Fences”. The play “Fences” focused on the same issues of “A Raisin in the Sun”, just with a different conclusion. Racism, family, and disappointment are all elements represented in both plays, but in view of realism “Fences” is more practical for the era of time. At the time both of these plays were published, the Civil Rights Movement was at its peak, racism was everywhere one turned. “Whites only” and “Colored” labeled every public place, from drinking fountains to schools. Though racism was very common, displaying the view of the group at disadvantage, (African Americans) was unacceptable. Alternatively, entertainment that disgraced blacks was tolerable. Observing the minority in humiliation made whites feel superior. However, once “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Fences” made the stage of theater the tables turned. White people for the first time saw the view of blacks, how it felt to be secondary. Lorraine Hensberry displayed this by illustrating a family of poverty receives a large mass of money, almost by chance. Since this is a one of a kind opportunity for a family of color, there is argument on the purpose of the money. The family decides to buy a house, which ultimately puts them in awe. Consequently, since the house is better-quality it is located in a white neighborhood. The

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