A Raisin in the Sun Play’s Critique

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A Raisin in the Sun play’s critique

The play”A Raisin in the Sun” is written by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title of this play comes from the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes, he wrote about dreams that were forgotten or put off. Where he asks, does a dream deferred dry up "like a raisin in the sun"?

This play is the 2nd play I watched from my home high school drama club. It was definitely a great and well-meaning production. The script of this play is about a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. The Youngers are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. This money comes from the deceased Mr. Younger’s life insurance policy. However, each of the adult members of the family has their ideas on what they would like to do with this amount of money. The major theme of this play is about the conflict of the family issue and their struggle to deal with the oppressive circumstances that rule their lives.

The acting of this play is mostly told from Walter Lee Younger’s point of view. He wants to be rich and devises plans to acquire wealth with his friends. When the play opens, he wants to invest his father’s insurance money in a new liquor store venture. He spends the rest of the play endlessly preoccupied with discovering a quick solution to his family’s various problems. For his sister Beneatha, the money means for medical school. For Lena Younger, it means a house even if an affordable means means dealing with the problems associated with moving into a white neighborhood. My favorite part of the play appears when each characters act out their passion to their dreams. For example, I can totally understand how Beneatha dreams of being a doctor and struggles to determine her identity as a well-educated black woman. This act can possibly remind audience once in their lives they tend to dream about their future. They dream about their success and the...