Lorraine Hansbury's A Raisin in the Sun (1959) (Asagai vs. George…
A Raisin in the Sun
Asagai vs. George Muchison
A more complicated kind of home, i.e. Nigeria
The first appearance of a "real" African intellectual in a play!
Culturally rich, politically fragile
The traditional American Dream
The stereotypical, traditional female role, i.e. the housewife
Assimilation: George tries to be as white as possible, e.g. he does not like Beneatha's new hairstyle.
From an upper class, rich black family (There are class divisions within the black community.)
The spatial and temporal setting of the first act
Spatial: the apartment
Small, even cramped (e.g. a shared bathroom with the neighbours, Travis has to sleep in the living room, no separate kitchen, etc.)
Almost no sunlight
In a high-rise building in Chicago's Black Belt
Suffocating: the apartment has given up dreaming.
Temporal: early Friday morning
The morning can symbolise hope, though this is not the case here. The family is not happy to wake up.
In ARitS, mornings symbolise the daily grind in a world that has become a disappointment, disillusionment to them.
A small flicker of hope in the form of the cheque
Langston Hughes' poem
How, after the Harlem Renaissance, change was halted, the dreams of the black community were deferred.
The ending: ambiguous!