A Raisin In The Sun Spark Notes

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A Raisin In The Sun


The civil rights movement brought enlightenment towards the abolishment of segregation
laws. Although the laws are gone does segregation still exist in fact? 'What happens to a
dream deferred, does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?'; said, in a poem by Langston
Huges. The story, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry showed segregation and its
affects upon all races. This essay will show how Assimilationists and New Negroes fought
for their own identity in the mid twentieth century. Whether they were being true to
themselves or creating carbon copies of oppression was determined by one's view upon
society.


Passivity only prolonged sorrow against the battle against segregation. Mrs. Johnson in A
Raisin in the Sun is passive to the actions taken upon her. In the story she acts like a
strong person by saying, 'Wilhelmina Othella Johnson does anything, whenever she wants!';
While in reality she is weak individual. The United States during World War 2 were
submissive towards Hitler at first. This gave Hitler time to gain power and support of the
people. If the Unites States had acted sooner towards Hitler the war would've ended
quickly. This is a similar paradox to Mrs. Johnson's attitude towards segregation and
racism in the story.


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