Lorraine Hansberry A Raisin in the Sun (video)

to wrest it from her and prove he is the head of the family, leading them in pursuit of his version of the American Dream which is to become rich and provide education and a sound future for his son. After his disastrous investment with Willy Harris, Walter acknowledges that he did not constructively use his power for the benefit of his family as a whole. This gives him the courage to refuse Lindner’s racially motivated offer. by doing this Walter tacitly acknowledges that his mother was correct all along and at the end of the play, power returns to his mother.
It is a good thing that power is returned to Lena because in the context of the play it seems that only she is capable of managing the family in a sound and morally correct way. Had it not happened, Walter would still have it and, given his proven track record of being unreliable in money management and unconcerned about Beneatha’s education, the Younger family would have been in total disarray.
The characters and settings of the story reflect Lorraine Hansberry’s biological background. An African-American, she was born in Chicago (the background of “A Raisin in the Sun”), her family was actively involved in publicly opposing racial discrimination against African-Americans (like the Younger family does in the film), and her family had the distinction of being the first that dared to move into a house in an all-white neighborhood (similar to the Youngers who reject Mr. Lindner’s racially prejudiced overtures and move into the all-white Clybourne Park area).
Racial discrimination was a prominent social feature of the 1950s period during which the Younger family lived in Chicago’s South Side ghetto. Not only did blacks occupy a marginalized sector of society, but even within that margin black women had to combat racial and gender prejudice. A majority of blacks did not accept the idea of assimilating into the dominant white culture on the grounds that by doing so they would fit into white