Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book Review: A Raisin in the Sun

Book: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Source: Library

Rating: 4 1/2 stars


A Raisin in the Sun is a play that tells the every day life story of the Younger family living in Chicago (the south side) who despite working hard never seem to get a break. Following the death (of some years) Lena or Mama has received a check of $10,000 and has no idea what to do with it but her son Walter Lee has a dream of owning a business instead of driving around being the chauffeur to the rich and would like to use some of the money to join up with some friends to start a business.

Meanwhile, his wife Ruth works long and hard hours as a maid and housekeeper with dreams of her own to get the family out of the cramped apartment they all live in. They both want the best for their son Travis. Last is Beneatha, Walter Lee's sister who attends college and have a dream to become a doctor despite her family wanting her to give up on the idea.

This story details the ups and downs as this family tries to keep themselves together while not trying to give up on their dreams which can be hard when they are living in a world that is dealing with racism and sexism and with an underlining threat of the war.

There is a lot of dynamics within this story and you can feel the pains and struggles this family goes through. The characters are believable and interesting. This was a quick read yet a very good read, I can see why this is considered a classic.

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