A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun is a play of the US-American Lorraine Hansberry. It deals with the problems of a colored working-class family who suffers from poverty and racial prejudice and lives in the ghetto. At its premiere in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was the first piece of an African American author, which was performed on Broadway. Under the title A Raisin in the Sun, the play was filmed in 1960 by Daniel Petrie. The title is borrowed from the third line of the poem " Harlem " by Langston Hughes.

The book is often used as a school reading in the secondary school and is since 2011 in some states high school reading.

Therefore, there are issues with learning aids (such as Velcro: Text and study aids ) and teacher books ( teaching materials ) (see "References ").


Walter and his wife Ruth Younger live together with their son Travis, Walter's mother Lena and his sister Beneatha in a dilapidated two-room apartment in the South District of Chicago. Walter himself can earn with his work as a chauffeur hardly his maintenance, so that the family lives in poverty. Walter can not come to terms with his situation, particularly because he feels discriminated against because of his skin color ( it is an African immigrant family). It so happens that he longs for wealth and so forging the plan, together with his friend Willy Harris and Bobo Street, of which the former does not occur in the entire drama to open a liquor store. At the beginning of the action expected Walters mother, Lena Younger, of the life insurance of her late husband a check for $ 10,000, the Walter would like to invest in the construction of his shop. Lena, who is usually called in the book Mama, so initially, however, do not agree, as they cherishes aversions to alcohol because of their religious convictions. Also Beneatha is not convinced by Walters plans because they reminded him that it was her mother's decision, which could be done with the money. As Ruth and Walter are expecting another child, but Ruth takes an abortion in consideration, as another child might possibly find no place in the cramped apartment, Mom buys from one part of the money, a new house in a white neighborhood called Clybourne - Park, because this is much cheaper than homes in neighborhoods for blacks. The rest of the assets she leaves Walter, with the remark that he should put aside $ 3,500 for Beneathas medical studies and may try with the remaining money to realize his dreams. This has several consequences. For a kick Karl Lindner, a representative of the residential area Clybourne Park, with the Younger family in touch. He makes it understood that the occupant of the White district nappy no blacks in their environment and provides the family even a commission to, they should not take the move. On the other Walter is all the money Willy to start the store. However, this appeared with the remaining $ 6,500 of life insurance and the money from Walter's friend Bobo, who also wanted to invest in the store, under and thus ruined not only the financial position of the Youngers, but also destroys the dreams Walters.

Meanwhile, the reader learns a lot about Beneathas private life. Currently, she is in a relationship with the wealthy and educated George Murchison, which symbolizes the fully integrated black man. However, Beneatha is also in contact with Joseph Asagai, a medical student from Nigeria, whom she had met in college. She seems to have fallen in love with Joseph, because she admires its connection to its roots in Africa. Unlike Asagai George Murchison denies his true origins.