A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

A Drama in Three Acts

Book - 1959
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Publisher: New York : Random House, 1959
Branch Call Number: 812.54/HAN


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The play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” takes place during the 1950s in Southside Chicago. The African-American family, the Youngers, live in a cramped two-bedroom apartment, where they have to share a hallway bathroom with their neighbors. As the family is waiting for a $10,000 life insurance check, they think about what they’re going to use the money for. The head of the family, Lena Younger, wants to buy a house while her son, Walter, wants to invest the money in a liquor store. Then, there is Walter’s ambitious sister, Beneatha, who wants to become a doctor. The play covers global issues such as racism, gender inequality, and social class. I enjoyed reading this play because I was able to understand what the characters experienced while living in that society. It was a great experience to see through the different perspectives and learning about each character’s personality and beliefs. I would absolutely recommend this play to those who want to learn more about the issues during the 1950s in the United States. Also, I’d recommend it to those who are just interested in family conflicts.

Jul 03, 2020

A Raisin in the Sun Review
3.5 stars
ages 14-16
As the Youngers, a poor black family, await their $10,000 check, they are all full of ideas on what to do with the money. Walter Younger wishes to invest all of the money, but the other family members cannot agree with his idea. Walter becomes very upset, and falls apart. Ruth becomes very worried about Walter and tries to make things right with him, while Beneatha is busy figuring out what she believes in, and where she belongs. In the midst of the chaos, Mama goes out to buy a house on Clybourne Street, an all white neighborhood, which stirs up even more mayhem in the household. Mama, feeling bad for her son, gives the remaining money to Walter and tells him to do whatever he wants with it, after leaving some for Beneatha’s medical school bills. Walter immediately lightens up, but ends up using the money very irresponsibly, and invests it all. However, the investment plan was all a trick, and Walter ends up losing all of the money. Feeling like a disappointment, Walter calls off the move to Clybourne Street. However, in the end, Walter’s last little bits of pride rise above and confirm the move to the all white neighborhood. I really liked the character development of Walter. It really shows how much failure and experience can teach someone. Without losing that money, the family could have been in a more financially stable place, but Walter would have never realized what was so wrong with his actions. I also really enjoyed how Beneatha was very aware of the society she lived in. As a woman living during the time the book takes place, it was common for girls to just marry into a wealthy house and not go to an expensive university. However, Beneatha looked for someone who supported her interests in being a doctor, rather than someone who would take her to see a movie in a fancy theater. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a little bit of drama, for there is a lot going on at once. I would also think this book would just be great for anyone to read, for it covers topics such as racism and women’s rights.

May 07, 2020

Recommended by Kris Rusch

Nov 23, 2019

Inspiring characters and voices. I really enjoyed the views brought to the audience with each relationship, throughout.

May 02, 2018

A thought-provoking and very entertaining play. I really liked how real the characters and the dialogue felt.

Oct 06, 2016

The story of an American family told in compelling and wonderful dialogue. A landmark in American theater.

Apr 06, 2015


zruedella Jun 05, 2014

Beneatha's desire to be a doctor is amazing! It was hard to become one during her time because she was female and black.

May 04, 2014

I LOVED this play. It's characters we're brilliantly created. My favorite was by far Beneatha. This play demands emotional involvement. You can't help feeling depressed for the plight of the family because the characters are so REAL! Of all the plays we've read in my AP English class this is by far the best. It seemed very Shakespearian (another timeless playwrite) in its excellent characterization, wittisisms, and shifts between funny and tragic scenes. I'm glad the family was victorious in the end because I didn't want to go to sleep depressed (and I would have been, the book is THAT good). Lorraine Hansbury has earned every star with this play.

RainbowMunchkin Jun 02, 2013

I love this book it is so inspirational. i learned so much from this play

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RainbowMunchkin Jun 02, 2013

Coarse Language: A bit

RainbowMunchkin Jun 02, 2013

Violence: A slap or two here or there


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Blue_Baboon_132 Aug 22, 2012

Great yay back in the days walter lee younger and family


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Blue_Baboon_132 Aug 22, 2012

Dont let segregation bring u down

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