A Raisin in the Sun

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Introduction

This is A Raisin in the Sun Study Guide.  The play was written by Lorraine Hansberry. Segregation is an intrinsic political injustice that is constantly questioned by Hansberry in this work. The effect of segregation is seen clearly here as being separate but unequal as the family struggle to live in their designated and confined space. The visit by Lindner, from the Clybourne Park unwelcoming committee, emphasizes the racist underpinning of segregation and when the family finally decide to move in the final scene they represent a decision to undermine the segregation laws (both legal and illegal). This has echoes of Hansberry’s family moving to a white-only area and the challenge they made in court, but is also in keeping with the action of the play, which is far removed from Hansberry’s upbringing. Please click on the literary ana