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A Raisin in the Sun

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Amy E. Counts

on 28 November 2016

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Transcript of A Raisin in the Sun

"I Have a Dream . . ."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Why are dreams important?
What is the connection between dreams and courage?
paragraph - respond
Lorraine Hansberry
1930-1965
died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 34
1st drama by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway
1959
Sidney Poitier played the role of Walter Lee in the play and the 1961 film
Civil Rights Activist
Writer
Just A Dream Lyrics

I was thinkin about her
thinkin about me
thinkin about us
where we gunna be
open my eyes...
it was only just a dream

so i travel back down that road
wish you'd come back
no one knows
i realize, it was only just a dream

i was at the top
now its like i'm in the basement
number 1 spot
now shes finding a replacement
i swear now i cant take it
knowing somebodys got my baby

now you aint around, baby i cant think
i should put it down, shoulda got that ring
cuz i can still feel it in the air
see your pretty face
run my fingers through her hair

my love
my life
my shorty
my wife
she left me, i'm tight
cuz i knew that it just aint right

i was thinkin about her
thinkin about me
thinkin about us
where we gunna be
open my eyes...
it was only just a dream

so i travel back down that road
wish you'd come back
no one knows
i realize, it was only just a dream

and i be ridin
and i swear i see your face at every turn
i try to get my usher on but i cant let it burn
and i just hope that she notice she the only one i yearn for
no more sooner will i learn

didn't give her all my love
i guess now i got my payback
now i'm in the club thinking all about my baby
hey
she was so easy to love
but wait, i guess that love wasnt enough
i'm goin through it every time that i'm alone
now i'm wishing she would just pick up the phone
but she made a decision that she wanted to move on
cuz i was wrong

i was thinkin about her
thinkin about me
thinkin about us
where we gunna be
open my eyes...
it was only just a dream

so i travel back down that road
wish you'd come back
no one knows
i realize, it was only just a dream

if you ever loved somebody put your hands up x2
and now theyre gone and you wish you could give them everything (x2)

i was thinkin about her
thinkin about me
thinkin about us
where we gunna be
open my eyes...
it was only just a dream

so i travel back down that road
wish you come back
no one knows
i realize, it was only just a dream
theatrical trailers
themes
closeness of family
importance of dreams
racial injustice
What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?
Harlem
What is the American Dream?
In what ways have we, as Americans, accomplished this dream? In what ways have we failed?
by Langston Hughes
Respond.
What is the tone (author's attitude) in this poem?

What type of figurative language is used? Illustrate two of the examples given.

What is the purpose of these examples of figurative language?
How is Nelly's "Just a Dream" similar or different from the ideas/examples that you have already come up with?
Respond after viewing.
Broadway, New York City
Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway
1950's Chicago
NYC
Great Migration
Southern Blacks move to Northern Cities
Chicago's Black Belt-Southern Side
Average black household: 6
Residential Segregation
3,000 Blacks arriving each week
"American Dream": Term coined by James Truslow Adams in 1933

... that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.... It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of a social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.
A Raisin in the Sun
2008
1961
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