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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

“Raisin in the sun” is a memorable, beautiful and powerful play. Despite the fact that it has some flaws, I think it is a successful play. 

I liked the theme and the emotion behind this play. I think Hansberry was successful in creating the atmosphere and the setting, although she does not use much description. Yes, plays don't really have descriptions in a sense that a novel does, but what I mean to say is that she "shows" rather than "tells", i.e she is a decent dramatist. For instance you get the idea about characters from dialogues; there are no long monologues (that would be really out of place in this kind of play). It's a play that is set in a specific time and place, so it was important to recreate this- she did. In that sense there is a really natural feeling to the play.

The dialogues were really good, the conversation in the play sounded very natural. The characters for most part were well developed. Female characters were more convincing than males ones but that almost always happens with writers. (Women create better female characters and vice versa, very few writers escape this predicament from what I've noticed. How many writers can you think of that are portray the psyche of both genres perfectly?) 

What bothered me a little bit was that I felt some of things that happen in the play were unrealistic, especially in the area of character development. Nevertheless, it is one of my favourite plays. It addresses important issues and its message is candid and important. It was a play in which I really sympathized with the characters- in particular with the female ones. For instance I just loved Mama( the matriarch of the family). She is the kind of character that just warms my heart.

After reading it, I felt more hopeful, encouraged- something like that- and that's a good feeling to have.

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