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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

            The play "A Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry is a great example of the racial prejudice minorities faced in the early 50's in the the United States. This play shows the difficult life minorities endured through their hardships. In the end though, a better life will prevail due to hard work and determination, overthrowing the negative association colored people have to face.
             I think the lesson Hansberry wants the reader to take from the play revolved around the fact that a dream can be achieved no matter what anybody says or does. "A piece of paper worth $10,000. Mama got a check for the passing of Mr. Younger and it enabled her and her family to vacate their small and dingy apartment that doesn't have enough rooms. Mama put a down payment of $3,500 on a house she could afford and still have leftover money, but its located in a white neighborhood. The welcoming committee for the neighborhood sends "The Man"" over to welcome the family by offering to buy their house from them for $30,000. The family almost took this offer due to a misdealing with money; in the end they deny it because of the racism involved. This man tried to prevent them from moving there because of their skin color! "And we have decided to move into our house because my father-my father-he earned it for us brick by brick." The Younger family ignored the negativity of one white man and moved from an old and small apartment to a large, nice house.
             In "A Raisin in the Sun," life was less than fair for Walter. Walter, the man of a poor black family, lives in a small, livable, but not extravagant apartment that shares a single bathroom with the entire floor. The small size of the apartment forces Walter's son Travis to sleep on the couch. Mama spent $3,500 of her check on a house and gave Walter a total of $6,500, $3,000 of which is Beneatha's. Walter was supposed to put Beneatha's $3,000 in the bank but, he didn't, he invested all $6,500.

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