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1 Author and Background Notes A Raisin in the SunbyLorraine Hansberry
2 Lorraine HansberryParents were prominent African-American intellectualsLived on Chicago’s south side
3 Carl Hansberry, fatherChallenged the Chicago housing authority for its segregated housing pattern in Chicago when he bought a house in an all white neighborhood. The family was threatened by a mob and forced to leave by court order. He took the case all the way to the Supreme Court and won.
4 A Raisin in the SunFirst play written by an African-American women that ended up on BroadwayDepicted the dreams and disappointments of African AmericansDepicted an ordinary family whose struggles, conflicts, and triumphs all people could recognize.
5 Plot and SettingChicago’s south side during the 1950s
6 Major Characters Lena Younger (Mama): recent widow Walter Lee Younger: Mama’s 35 year-old son, who dreams of owning his own businessRuth Younger: Walter’s wife and mother to their son, TravisBeneatha Younger: Mama’s college-aged daughter who dreams of being a doctor
7 ThemesThe American Dream: differs for all types of Americans, can be accomplished with hard workThe power of prejudice: under current of racial tensionFrom defeat to victory
8 Conflict is created by the following: Financial troubles create conflictsParent/child relationshipsMale/female strugglesQuest to find personal fulfillment
9 Act I Scene: ii Narrator: Mackenzie Travis: Taylor Mama: Kevin Beneatha: MoriahAsagai: BondRuth: HaleyWalter: Alex
10 Act II scene i Ruth: Hayden Beneatha: Larisa Walter: Potty Mouth McGee George Murchison: BrennanMama: CJTravis: TaylorNarrator: Lauren
11 Act II scene ii Narrator: JD George: Josh Beneatha: Rachel Mama: AnikeshRuth: AlexWalter: MoriahTravis: HaydenMs. Johnson: Larisa
12 Act II Scene iii Narrator: Thomas Ruth: Sam Beneatha: Brennan Walter: SeanMan/Mr. Lindner: KevinTravis: KarleeBobo: RachelMama: Mackenzie