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A Raisin in the Sun Mass Market Paperback – November 29, 2004
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Although a few of the characters may seem a bit stereotypical, the play strikes me as surprisingly fresh after all these decades. It is also fascinating to hear the voices of three generations of a single family in this play. Ultimately, "Raisin" is a celebration of struggle, pride, and hope, in addition to being a historically important indictment of mid-20th century racism. This is essential reading for anybody with a serious interest in United States drama or African-American literature.
The play presents us with three generations of the Younger family: the widowed matriarch Lena; her son Walter Lee and daughter Beaneatha; and Walter's wife Ruth and their son Travis. The family resides in a semi-slum apartment building on the south side of Chicago in the 1950s, where each tries to rise above the difficulties of their enviroment and the many social limitations imposed upon African-Americans at that time. But there is hope on the horizon: Lena is about to receive insurance money from her husband's death.
Unfortunately, instead of pulling the family together, the money actually drives them apart. Each member lays claim to it in some form or fashion. Lena dreams of owning her own home; daughter Bea is attending medical school and needs money to finish her degree; and most especially Walter Lee dreams of owning a liquior store. Bit by bit the pressure chips away at the family, already strained by years of frustration, and explodes at the play's climax--although not precisely in a way that one might foresee. When the explosion arrives it does not shatter the family; it unexpectedly reaffirms it.
When I review a play, I like point out that plays are not really intended to be read. They are intended to be seen on stage, where performing artists and designers breathe life into the lines and bring force to the story and its themes. This is true of every play.Read more ›
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Great read. Very important play that should be covered in high school classrooms.Published 1 month ago by M. Hong
A Raisin in the Sun is a classic play about one family's hopes and dreams in 1950's America. Every character in this play has a different dream. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MovieGuy
Damn, this story was beautiful to read about, glad my teacher for English 123 assigned it! Crazy but relatable story!Published 2 months ago by Nestor
Classic play, a really great read. Very good as a period piece, though it is developed to be used effectively at any period of time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Evan Arduser