A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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The Story:

“Seem like God didn’t see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams -but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worth while.”

“Never before, the entire history of the American theater, has so much of the truth of black people’s lives been seen on the stage,” observed James Baldwin shortly before A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in 1959.

Indeed Lorraine Hansberry’s award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago connected profoundly with the psyche of black America–and changed American theater forever.  The play’s title comes from a line in Langston Hughes’s poem “Harlem,” which warns that a dream deferred might “dry up/like a raisin in the sun.”

My Thoughts:

★★★★★ 5/5 stars!

I haven’t read that many plays in my short 21 years on this planet, but I’m glad this book was one of the very first few that my eyes fell upon.

What a great read. This book is so relevant today with all the controversial news that we’re all pretty well-informed on. I don’t think I need to expand on this. We all know what I’m talking about. It makes you think twice about your position in society, and my position is a white, young American woman. I also believe that what I experience in society is not how others experience. How society treats me can never be replicated by other people like say, for instance, an older, black, American man. As this play points out, these experiences differ because of internal prejudices of society.
I cannot pretend to understand how life is like in another’s shoes. I can try, but unless I am that person, I will always lack knowledge. This book helped add something to my ignorance.

I am really proud of the writer. She is the first black-American woman to have a play go on Broadway. I’m amazed, and I feel moved.

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