Lorraine Hansberry | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Gerald Weales

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Lorraine Hansberry.
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Critical Essay by Gerald Weales

The playwright who is a Negro is faced with a special problem. Broadway has a tradition of Negro shows, inevitably folksy or exotic, almost always musical, of which the only virtue is that Negro performers get a chance to appear as something more than filler. The obvious reaction to such shows is the protest play, the Negro agitprop, which can be as false to American Negro life as the musicals. A playwright with serious intentions, like Miss Hansberry, has to avoid both pitfalls, has to try to write not a Negro play, but a play in which the characters are Negroes….

Having suggested that objectivity is impossible with respect to A Raisin in the Sun, I should like to make a few objective remarks about it. The play, first of all, is old fashioned. Practically no serious playwright, in or out...

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