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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(15); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.061505.

The Consciousness of Constructing Black Community in A Raisin in the Sun


Xu Mengyue

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Xu Mengyue

English School, Xi’an International Studies University,  Xi’an, 710128, Shaanxi, China


Lorraine Hansberry, the first Black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award, her A Raisin in the sun, opens on Broadway with great success. This paper mainly adopts the Alienation Theory of Fromm to explore her consciousness of reconstructing an inclusive Black Community based on disclosing that the dreams of the black people are distorted into sublime objects constructed by the dominant ideology. Grounded on the three principles from Fromm’s Alienation theory, this paper finds that Hansberry has not only suggested that the elimination of alienation can be achieved by the strong power of family bonds but also highlighted the essential role that the Black tradition plays in the construction of an inclusive Black Community where black people can traverse the ideological fantasy and develop their racial pride.


A raisin in the sun; Fromm; Alienation Theory; Black Community

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Xu Mengyue. The Consciousness of Constructing Black Community in A Raisin in the Sun. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 15: 29-34. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.061505.


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