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A Raisin in the Sun

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S: Lorraine Hansberry & Langston Hughes.

BC: Works Cited; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langston_Hughes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorraine_Hansberry

FC: Lorraine Hansberry | Langston Hughes

1: One Way Ticket; I am fed up with Jim Crow laws, People who are cruel And afraid, Who lynch and run, Who are scared of me And me of them. I pick up my life And take it away On a one-way ticket— Gone up North, Gone out West, Gone | Dear lovely Death; That taketh all things under wing - Never to kill - Only to change Into some other thing This suffering flesh, To make it either more or less, But not again the same - Dear lovely Death, Change is thy other name.

2: When I read the title of the first poem it made me think of freedom. A one way ticket out, a ticket to escape. The poem seems to mean that Langston is tired of the racism & all of the tumult. He's tired of being looked at because he's a different color. When he says he wants to pick up his life you cold see inside the poem & see what he was feeling. The tone in this poem is a kind of resentment & reluctant to get out. The mood changes at the end because he's picking up his life & he's leaving. The title does have a meaning, he wants the one way ticket to get out of where he is & change the world. The poem is really about the hard times of trying to live as an African American in the early 1900's. The poem tells you what it is like & maybe to try to help you understand what it's like.

3: Dear lovely death is a poem about living, but also about dying and life slipping away. He says that he's. not letting it take over him anymore. The plot of the story is not to let life slip away, live it while you can. Don't listen to anyone but yourself & don't let them bring you down. I can see the way he's feeling in the poem by his expressiveness his words. The mood changes again in the end because he says, 'But not again the same -Dear lovely Death, Change is thy other name.' That sentence there says that but not again, will i let you overtake me. The title, dear death, does have a meaning. It's like a cry out for help, almost. The selection is about moving on, and not letting anything hurt you. To keep a front out, & it's completely important to keep that in mind while growing up. "

4: Lorraine Hansberry: May 19th 1930 - January 12 1965. Lorraine passed away due to pancreatic cancer. | She was the author of a raisin in the sun & it was based on her life story of her and her family. She attended the University of Wisconsin but then left as college to pursue her writing career. She wrote for the black newspaper, the Freedom, and worked with W. E. B. DuBois, who worked in the same building. At 29 years, she became the youngest American playwright.

5: She was married to In 1953 she married Robert Nemiroff, a white writer and activist; they were divorced in 1964. Another one of her famous works, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window ran for 110 performances on Broadway, and it closed the night she died.

6: A Raisin in the Sun (1959) A Raisin in the Sun (film), screenplay (1961) A Raisin in the Sun (TV film), produced (2008) On Summer (Essay) (19??) The Drinking Gourd (1960) The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality (1964) The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (1965) To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words (1969) Les Blancs: The Collected Last Plays / by Lorraine Hansberry Edited by Robert Nemiroff (1994)

7: James Mercer Langston Hughes: February 1, 1902- – May 22, 1967. | Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, Both parents were mixed race. Hughes was named after both his father and his grand-uncle, John Mercer Langston who, in 1888, became the first African American to be elected to the United States Congress from Virginia.

8: His parents seperated while he was still young, so he was raised mainly by her grandparents, Hughes enrolled in Lincoln University, & joined the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Some academics and biographers today believe that Hughes was homosexual and included homosexual codes in many of his poems.

9: On May 22, 1967, Hughes died from complications after abdominal surgery, related to prostate cancer, at the age of 65. His ashes are beneath the floor of an auditorium named for him within the Arthur Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. He has 12 major plays, 16 poetry collections, 11 novels, 6 non-fiction books, & 7 children's works.

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