A Raisin in the Sun is a play written by Lorraine Hansberry that was first performed in March of 1959. The play contains many autobiographical elements. It is one of the first plays to portray Black characters, themes, and conflicts in a natural and realistic manner.


Read one-minute Sparklet summaries, the detailed scene-by-scene Summary & Analysis, the Full Play Summary, or the Full Play Analysis of A Raisin in the Sun.


See a complete list of the characters in A Raisin in the Sun and read in-depth analyses of Walter, Mama, Beneatha, Joseph Asagai, Ruth, George Murchison, and Mr. Karl Lindner.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in A Raisin in the Sun, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


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Quick Quizzes

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Further Study

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