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Hansbery's A Raisin in the Sun
Ardolino examines Hansberry's play, A RaisinintheSun. The major theme in the play concerns generation in two senses--personal growth despite harsh social and economic opposition and family lineage.
Scrutinizes the inner as well as the outer truth of African Americans life under the impact of racism in the prize winning and American classical play, A RaisinintheSun by Lorraine Hansberry.
In her discussion of Lorraine Hansberry's A RaisinintheSun, Margaret Wilkerson poses some pertinent questions about the 1959 Broadway hit: "What accounts for the extraordinary appeal of A RaisinintheSun?
A Raisin in the Sun is a play primarily about racism and discrimination in housing in the 1950s. Against this bleak setting, Hansberry conveys the themes of hope, courage and idealism that are born out of despair, fear and fatalism.
Historical Context: A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by an African American woman to appear on the Broadway stage. Following its highly successful stage debut in 1959, Hansberry also became the first African American to win the coveted Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play of the Year. The play takes its name from a line in the poem “Harlem,” written by Langston Hughes.
1930–65, American playwright, b. Chicago. She grew up on Chicago's South Side. In 1959 she became the first black woman to have a play produced on Broadway when A Raisin in the Sun opened to wide critical acclaim.