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Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
The decision between principle and money is a hard decision to make, especially when you’re as hard-up as the Youngers. What do you think of their choice?
In an earlier version of the script, Hansberry ended the play by showing the Youngers sitting in their new home, armed and awaiting an attack from their white neighbors. Should this scene have been kept in? What’s the effect of deleting it? Would the presence of this scene have changed the overall message of the play, or not?
To what extent are the racial issues addressed in the play still relevant today? In other words, how far have we come in race relations since 1959?
What’s up with the domestic abuse in the play? Is Mama justified in hitting her kids? Is anyone ever justified in hitting their kids? We sense these questions probably open up huge cans of worms, so we cleverly left this one last.