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1 by: Lorraine Hansberry Play opened in: 1959 Movie released: 1961

2 Lorraine Hansberry Born in Chicago Father was sued Finished play & play opened Died in New York

3 “Harlem- What happens to a dream deferred?” by: Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore--- then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load? Or does it explode?

4 Setting: Chicago, Illinois (South side) 1950s-1960s The Younger family apartment Themes: Courage Pride Love

5 Characters Walter Younger: -main character -35 years old -chauffeur -Ruth’s husband Ruth Younger: -Walter’s wife -30 years old -cleans houses Travis Younger: -son of Walter & Ruth years old

6 Characters Lena Younger: -Mama -Mother of Walter & Beneatha -Widow-early 60s Beneatha Younger: -Walter’s sister -20 years old -Takes college classes

7 Minor characters Joseph Asagai: handsome, educated young African man Beneatha’s friend George Murchison: fairly wealthy young man who disapproves of many of Beneatha’s liberal ideas Bobo: small nervous man who invests with Walter Karl Lindner: quiet white man representative of neighborhood improvement group


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