Book Review: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry


Read from August 31 to September 07, 2016

This is one of my first plays that I really enjoyed reading (recently, I should say. I read a few in high school.) Actually, I take that back: I read Fences last year and loved it. If you liked this play, then you’ll most likely like A Raisin in the Sun. A Raisin in the Sun was like a look into a time around the 1950’s through the eyes of an African American family. From this, one might think the play was mainly concentrated on discrimination issues, but it also heavily explored the ideas of poverty, money, and how each affected one’s dreams, along with the issues of sexism that festered that time period.

I love how the author exposed stereotypes for what they were using these rich, rounded characters. Lorraine Hansberry broke down a wall between color and people, I think. It’s definitely still relative today.

Not going too deep into the plot, I give this A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry a 5 out of 5! Can’t wait to read my next play! My rating system is down below:

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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