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A Raisin in the Sun Genre

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Family Drama, Realism, African-American Literature

A Raisin in the Sun was part of a broader movement to portray the lives of ordinary, working-class African-Americans. The genre of Realism captures ordinary life, and A Raisin in the Sun definitely fits this description. Dreams of buying a house, making some money in business, and going to medical school are dreams shared by millions of working-class Americans. And if you can’t figure out why this play is a Family Drama, then we seriously screwed up our job.

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