A Raisin In The Sun Critical Essay

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A Raisin In The Sun critical analysis

A Raisin In The Sun was the first play/book written by a woman of African descent about a black family which was later was showed on Broadway. Back in the 1950s, the city of Chicago was segregated much like other cities and states in the United States. This is the time period in which the book A Raisin In The Sun was set during. Critics and analysts have taken their time to put forth their input on the book A Raisin In The Sun written by Lorraine Hansberry. Multiple critics have mentioned that A Raisin In The Sun, having been written only 66 years ago, is a old-fashioned book (Cults and Driver 182).

When getting feedback from critics, one can expect to almost always receive negative comments and answers. For instance, some critics said that the book created anger, insecurity, boredom, and even disappointment (M’Baye and Bigsby 185-186). Others said that A Raisin In The Sun was bland and that there was no real ability to distinguish the characters when reading the book. The book was also hard to keep track of and one could not really tell what was going on throughout the changes of each scene (Bloom web). Lorraine’s book on blacks is said to lower one’s self confidence level. In addition to that, there are a lot of flaws pertaining to the
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Babacar M’Baye says himself, “Raisin is a milestone- the first play by a black woman ever to be produced on broadway” (M’Baye web). Multiple critics and analysts do agree that A Raisin In The Sun is a well developed, successfully put together, strong hearted, all around great play and book (Lewis and Cruse 214-216). Gerald states, that Lorraine Hansberry certainly met her goal which was “A play about Negroes which is not simply a negro play” (Weales 182). Not only was this a great book, but it also had an outstanding performance on stage as well (Lewis