Life University Week 10 Analytical Breakdown of Hansberrys Raisin in the Sun Essay


Raisin in the Sun Essay Instructions

Write a clear, well-developed, precise research essay on one of the following topics on Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun.  

Make sure you identify which topic you chose by writing under your title  #1 or #2 to indicate which topic you selected to write about in your essay.

Topic Choice #1: 

Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem” poses a question: “What happens to a dream deferred?” Why do you think Lorraine Hansberry chose this poem as the epigraph for A Raisin in the Sun? Write an essay in which you discuss the various “dreams” that come into conflict in the play. Which “dream” does the play seem to endorse? Does it ultimately answer Hughes’s question?  

Here is a link to the text of Langston Hughes’ poem : “Harlem”:

Topic Choice #2:

Hansberry’s play expores not only the evolving cultural and economic positions of African-Americans in the mid-twentieth century, but also their evolving gender roles, a subject on which Robert C. Weaver also comments briefly in “The Negro as an American.” Write an essay in which you discuss the crucial role that gender, economic class, or culture plays in the action of A Raisin in the Sun.  Make sure you refer to specific details both from Hansberry’s play and Weaver’s article. There is a link to Weaver’s article in this week’s ‘Required Reading’ section.

Here is a link as well to Weaver’s article:

In the instructions in the Week 10 Folder, you will also find an attachment with Weaver’s article.