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1 Author and Background Notes A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

2 Lorraine Hansberry Parents were prominent African-American intellectuals Parents were prominent African-American intellectuals Lived on Chicagos south side Lived on Chicagos south side

3 Carl Hansberry, father Challenged 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. Challenged 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 Sun First play written by an African-American women that ended up on Broadway First play written by an African-American women that ended up on Broadway Depicted the dreams and disappointments of African Americans Depicted the dreams and disappointments of African Americans Depicted an ordinary family whose struggles, conflicts, and triumphs all people could recognize. Depicted an ordinary family whose struggles, conflicts, and triumphs all people could recognize.

5 Plot and Setting Chicagos south side during the 1950s Chicagos south side during the 1950s

6 Major Characters Lena Younger (Mama): recent widow Lena Younger (Mama): recent widow Walter Lee Younger: Mamas 35 year-old son, who dreams of owning his own business Walter Lee Younger: Mamas 35 year-old son, who dreams of owning his own business Ruth Younger: Walters wife and mother to their son, Travis Ruth Younger: Walters wife and mother to their son, Travis Beneatha Younger: Mamas college-aged daughter who dreams of being a doctor Beneatha Younger: Mamas college-aged daughter who dreams of being a doctor

7 Themes The American Dream: differs for all types of Americans, can be accomplished with hard work The American Dream: differs for all types of Americans, can be accomplished with hard work The power of prejudice: under current of racial tension The power of prejudice: under current of racial tension From defeat to victory From defeat to victory

8 Conflict is created by the following: Financial troubles create conflicts Financial troubles create conflicts Parent/child relationships Parent/child relationships Male/female struggles Male/female struggles Quest to find personal fulfillment Quest to find personal fulfillment

9 Act I Scene: ii Narrator: Mackenzie Narrator: Mackenzie Travis: Taylor Travis: Taylor Mama: Kevin Mama: Kevin Beneatha: Moriah Beneatha: Moriah Asagai: Bond Asagai: Bond Ruth: Haley Ruth: Haley Walter: Alex Walter: Alex

10 Act II scene i Ruth: Hayden Ruth: Hayden Beneatha: Larisa Beneatha: Larisa Walter: Potty Mouth McGee Walter: Potty Mouth McGee George Murchison: Brennan George Murchison: Brennan Mama: CJ Mama: CJ Travis: Taylor Travis: Taylor Narrator: Lauren Narrator: Lauren

11 Act II scene ii Narrator: JD Narrator: JD George: Josh George: Josh Beneatha: Rachel Beneatha: Rachel Mama: Anikesh Mama: Anikesh Ruth: Alex Ruth: Alex Walter: Moriah Walter: Moriah Travis: Hayden Travis: Hayden Ms. Johnson: Larisa Ms. Johnson: Larisa

12 Act II Scene iii Narrator: Thomas Narrator: Thomas Ruth: Sam Ruth: Sam Beneatha: Brennan Beneatha: Brennan Walter: Sean Walter: Sean Man/Mr. Lindner: Kevin Man/Mr. Lindner: Kevin Travis: Karlee Travis: Karlee Bobo: Rachel Bobo: Rachel Mama: Mackenzie Mama: Mackenzie


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