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  1. 1. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 11 A Raisin in theA Raisin in the SunSun Class NotesClass Notes
  2. 2. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 22 Lorraine Hansberry 1930Lorraine Hansberry 1930--19651965 Lorraine Hansberry was born in theLorraine Hansberry was born in the Woodlawn neighborhood.Woodlawn neighborhood. The family then moved into an allThe family then moved into an all-- white neighborhood, where theywhite neighborhood, where they facedfaced racial discriminationracial discrimination..
  3. 3. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 33 Lorraine Hansberry 1930Lorraine Hansberry 1930--19651965 Hansberry attended a predominantly whiteHansberry attended a predominantly white public schoolpublic school while her parents fought againstwhile her parents fought against segregationsegregation.. This experience later inspired her to write herThis experience later inspired her to write her most famous work,most famous work, A Raisin in the SunA Raisin in the Sun.. Attended theAttended the University of WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin--MadisonMadison and worked on the staff ofand worked on the staff of FreedomFreedom magazine.magazine. Died of pancreatic cancerDied of pancreatic cancer
  4. 4. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 44 BackgroundBackground –– The PlayThe Play Debuted onDebuted on BroadwayBroadway in 1959.in 1959. FFirst play written by airst play written by a blackblack womanwoman to be produced onto be produced on BroadwayBroadway Story is based upon a family's ownStory is based upon a family's own experiences growing up inexperiences growing up in ChicagoChicago's's WoodlawnWoodlawn neighborhood.neighborhood. The title comes from the openingThe title comes from the opening lines of "Harlem", a poem bylines of "Harlem", a poem by Langston HughesLangston Hughes
  5. 5. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 55 The CharactersThe Characters Mrs. Lena Younger (Mama)— Matriarch of the family. She has strong values and ideas about how to run her family; these sometimes conflict with those of her grown children. Walter Lee (Brother)— Mrs. Younger’s eldest child. He wants to start his own liquor business, against his family’s wishes.
  6. 6. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 66 The CharactersThe Characters Beneatha—Walter Lee’s younger sister. She plans to go to medical school after college and has ideals many people find difficult to understand. Ruth Younger Walter Lee’s wife, who wants a tranquil home, but who experiences difficulty in communicating with her husband. Pregnant, she is considering having an abortion.
  7. 7. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 77 The CharactersThe Characters Travis Younger—Walter and Ruth’s son. Both his parents want him to aim for a life with more advantages than they have been able to provide. Joseph Asagai—One of Beneatha’s gentleman friends; a fellow student at her school who is originally from Africa. In the midst of crisis, he shows Beneatha an unexpected side of his personality.
  8. 8. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 88 The CharactersThe Characters George Murchison—Another friend of Beneatha’s. Because he is rich, the family urges Beneatha to marry him, but she is not so sure this is what she wants. Karl Lindner—A white man representing a new-neighbor committee, who wants to make a humiliating “deal” with the Younger family.
  9. 9. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 99 The CharactersThe Characters Bobo—One of the men Walter wants to start a liquor business with; he delivers some shocking news to the family. Mrs. Johnson—Nosy neighbor of the Youngers, who cannot help hinting that there might be dire consequences if the family moves to the new neighborhood. Walter Younger Senior—Deceased husband of Mrs. Younger. How the money from his insurance policy will be used is a source of conflict for the Younger family.
  10. 10. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 1010 ThemesThemes The value and purpose of dreamsThe value and purpose of dreams the need to fight racial discriminationthe need to fight racial discrimination’’ the importance of familythe importance of family
  11. 11. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 1111 Major ConflictMajor Conflict TheThe YoungersYoungers, a working, a working--classclass black family, struggle againstblack family, struggle against economic hardship and racialeconomic hardship and racial prejudice.prejudice.
  12. 12. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 1212 Rising actionRising action Ruth discovers that she is pregnantRuth discovers that she is pregnant Mama makes a down payment on a houseMama makes a down payment on a house Mama gives Walter the remainingMama gives Walter the remaining insurance moneyinsurance money Walter invests the money in the liquorWalter invests the money in the liquor storestore venture.venture.
  13. 13. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 1313 ClimaxClimax BoboBobo tells thetells the YoungersYoungers that Willy has runthat Willy has run off with all of Walteroff with all of Walter’’s invested insurances invested insurance moneymoney AsagaiAsagai makesmakes BeneathaBeneatha realize that she isrealize that she is not as independent as she thinks.not as independent as she thinks.
  14. 14. Copyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ RevisedCopyright 2005 by M. Baltsas/ Revised 2008 All Rights Reserved.2008 All Rights Reserved. 1414 Falling actionFalling action Walter refuses Mr. LindnerWalter refuses Mr. Lindner’’s offer to nots offer to not movemove TheThe YoungersYoungers move out of the apartmentmove out of the apartment to their new house in the whiteto their new house in the white neighborhoodneighborhood BeneathaBeneatha finds new strength infinds new strength in AsagaiAsagai..
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