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1 A Raisin in the Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

2 Lorraine Hansberry Youngest of 4 children Parents, prominent intellectuals Father purchased a house in an all-white neighborhood Threatened by white mob and forced to leave by a court order Hansberry took the case to the supreme court and won.

3 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-- And 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 Plot/Setting Chicago’s South side Early 1950’s “the living of too many people for too many years” Money conflicts Conflicts outside the family Climax is a make or break moment Resolution reveals the strength of the family

5 Characters Lena Younger-Mama Walter Lee Younger-35 yr. old son, chauffeur and father of one son. Dreams of owning his own business. Neglects his wife Ruth Younger- Walter’s wife, mother of their son, Travis Beneatha Younger-Mama’s college-age daughter, dreams of becoming a doctor. She has two boy friends; George Murchison and Joseph Asagai

6 Themes The American Dream The power of prejudice From defeat to victory

7 Characterization Flat Round Static/dynamic Protagonists antagonist

8 Symbols Plant Insurance money New house Nigerian clothes and music

9 vocabulary Indictment-accusation Drily(dryly)-matter-of –factly; without emotion Exasperated-irritated; annoyed Oppression-feeling of being greatly troubled or harshly treated Ally-supporter or confederate Mutual-shared; held in common

10 vocabulary Anguish-pain and suffering; sorrow Permeated-penetrated and affected every part Hereros-Bantu-speaking ethnic group in Namibia(formerly called South West Africa) Unobtrusively-without attracting attention Furtively-thoughtful Reflective- thoughtful; meditative

11 Vocabulary Yoruba-in the language of the Yoruba, an ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria and parts of Benin and Togo Assimilation-policy of fully absorbing minority groups into the dominant culture so that their members lose their ethnic and cultural identities

12 ACT II/Vocabulary Madama Butterfly- heroine of the opera Ocomogosiay-coined word combining syllables from Yoruba, Swahili, and Zulu to represent a shout of triumph in a battle Pearl Baily- American entertainer, singer, and actress. Ruth imitates her.

13 Alundi- Yoruba for “happy holiday” Jomo- Kenyatta, African nationalist leader and first president of Kenya Owimoweh- variation of a Zulu word for “lion” Chaka- great Zulu chief and military leader

14 Ashanti empires- reference is to the powerful eighteenth and nineteenth century Ashanti empire in present day Ghana Songhay Civilizations- reference is to a fifteenth and sixteenth century West African empire and great trading state. Benin- West African country known for its wooden masks, bronze statuettes, and pottery

15 Bantu- subgroup of languages including Zulu and Swahili spoken in Africa Sobriety- state of being sober, clearheaded Resignation- passive acceptance Revelation- disclosure; something made known Imploring- pleading

16 Crackers- derogatory term for impoverished white people Vigor- intense strength; vitality Exuberant- full of life; uninhabited Peckerwoods – derogatory term for impoverished white people Conked- hair that has been chemically straightened and is worn smoothed down

17 NAACP- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. To use legal means to end discrimination against African Americans Thirty pieces …..less- allusion to the thirty pieces of silver that Judas Iscariot received for betraying Jesus Saucily- sassily; impertinently Taut-tense; strained

18 ACT III/Vocabulary Retrogression-backward movement Flippancy-playful impudence Wrought- created; made Ofay- derogatory slang for a white person Gait- manner of walking

19 Agitated-excited; frantic Epitaph- short composition Negotiate-bargain; arrange to conclude a business deal Groping- searching uncertainly; fumbling Reverie- daydream; dream like attention Bustling- energetic activity; busyness


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