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1Author and Background Notes A Raisin in the SunbyLorraine Hansberry
2Lorraine HansberryParents were prominent African-American intellectualsLived on Chicago’s south side
3Carl 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.
4A 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.
5Plot and SettingChicago’s south side during the 1950s
6Major 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
7ThemesThe 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
8Conflict is created by the following: Financial troubles create conflictsParent/child relationshipsMale/female strugglesQuest to find personal fulfillment
9Act I Scene: ii Narrator: Mackenzie Travis: Taylor Mama: Kevin Beneatha: MoriahAsagai: BondRuth: HaleyWalter: Alex
10Act II scene i Ruth: Hayden Beneatha: Larisa Walter: Potty Mouth McGee George Murchison: BrennanMama: CJTravis: TaylorNarrator: Lauren
11Act II scene ii Narrator: JD George: Josh Beneatha: Rachel Mama: AnikeshRuth: AlexWalter: MoriahTravis: HaydenMs. Johnson: Larisa
12Act II Scene iii Narrator: Thomas Ruth: Sam Beneatha: Brennan Walter: SeanMan/Mr. Lindner: KevinTravis: KarleeBobo: RachelMama: Mackenzie