A Raisin in the Sun: discussion questions

Was A Raisin in the Sun a play ahead of its time? Why or why not? What does Lorraine Hansberry have to say about the concept of the American dream? Why does the play continue to resonate with readers? What about it makes it great American theatre?

The title of the play comes from Langston Hughes’ poem “A Dream Deferred”:

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?…

Or does it explode?

What happens to the Younger family’s dreams?

The play is often compared with Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Is this a valid comparison? Why or why not?

Is A Raisin in the Sun a good choice for students’ required reading in high school? Why or why not? If you read it in high school and are reading it again now, has the story changed for you?

How do you imagine the Younger family ten years later? Twenty years later? Fifty years later?

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