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Some critics of Lorraine Hansberrys A Raisin in the Sun have said The members of the Younger family have unrealistic and unattainable dreams This is quite an accurate statement about these characters Hansberrys views shown in this play were radical at the time it was produced therefore the characters had dreams that were unattainable during that time A Raisin in the Sun is set in the 1950s which is essential to the argument that the main characters of this play have hopes and dreams that they cannot realistically attain Walter Lees desire to own a liquor store is quite a lofty vision for the times since African-American people had almost no rights because of the separatism that existed during most of the 1950s Even if he managed to own a liquor store it would most likely not be successful and be plagued by a seemingly endless onslaught of race-related vandalism The Younger family would also face this problem if they moved into the predominantly white neighborhood as Mama desired Karl Linder serves to show that the community felt the same about the Youngers as most Caucasians during 1950s did Of all the Younger family members with delusions of grandeur Beneatha is by far the most nave In the middle of the twentieth century it was still unheard of for a woman to be a doctor let alone an African-American woman All the family members dreams were all quite ahead of their times and if the play took place at least ten years later they would not be so far-fetched Hansberry succeeded in writing a revolutionary portrayal of an African-American family and helped start the wheels of change At the time the aspirations of the Younger family were unattainable but when the audiences saw this it probably inspired them to make the changes necessary so these characters could be happy For this Americans should thank Hansberry and look at the idealistic dreams in a more positive
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