DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA!
Literary dramas are not always full of
drama. In literature, “drama” is a term for
plays, skits, and musicals.
• Drama- A play, skit, or musical
that is written to be acted for an
Terms to know
a play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a happy or
cheerful ending; a dramatic work
in which the central motif is the triumph over adverse circumstance
, resulting in a successful or happy conclusion.
a play dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a
great person destined to downfall or destruction.
• Dialect: a way of speaking a language that varies by region, city or
• Dialogue: a conversation between two or more characters in a work
• Monologue: soliloquy; a conversation that one characters has with
• Act: a division or unit of a drama.
• Scene: A scene is a part of an act defined with the changing of
characters and/or setting
Original Cover of the Play
What stands out on the cover?
(Remember this because it will
become part of an important
• Born in Chicago in 1930
• Loved writing since she was
a little girl
• Attended the University of
• Moved to New York City
• Hung out with Langston Hughes
and other Harlem Renaissance
Her life continued…
• Married R. Nemiroff in 1953
• Raised money to produce
“Raisin” in 1958
• A Raisin in the Sun
premieres on Broadway in
• 1st African-American woman
with a play on Broadway
• Died in 1965 of cancer (She
was only 34 years old.)
A Raisin in the Sun
• The Youngers live on the South
Side of Chicago in the 1950’s.
(This is when the Civil Rights
movement began in America.)
• ARitS is thought of as being
because Hansberry was from
Chicago and grew up witnessing
experiences similar to those
that the Youngers experienced.