Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Published in 1959 by Random House
My copy: Second-hand copy
The Youngers are a poor African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago. An opportunity to escape from poverty comes in the form of a $10,000 life insurance check that the matriarch of the family (Lena Younger or Mama) receives upon her husband’s death.
This is a very simple and easy to read play, with all the action taking place in one room of the Younger family’s cramped apartment. Although there are only a few characters in the play, each has a very distinctive voice, and the contrasting personalities work very well together to give a range of viewpoints.
The plot revolves around the money Lena is about to receive following her husband’s death, and we can see the tension this is causing as the characters…
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