Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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Lorraine Hansberry’s popular play, “A Raisin in the Sun” is a story of a family that faces hardship, yet never backs down from their dreams. Though, you would not assume that is what the play was about, according to the title, but there is a different unseen meaning behind the title. Hansberry choose to name her play “A Raisin in the Sun” for a simple reason. First, the story’s theme is achieving a dream, so what better way to correlate the theme of the story, with a poem from a famous poet, Langston Hughes. The poem’s title is, “Harlem” but is often referred to as, “Dream Deferred.” In this poem, Hughes asks “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up, like a raisin in the sun?” (Shmoop Editorial Team). As you can see, Hughes is asking