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In Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry does not reject integration or the economic and moral promise of the American dream; rather, she remains loyal to this dream while looking, realistically, at its incomplete realization. Once we recognize this dual vision, we can accept the play's ironic nuances as deliberate social commentaries by Hansberry rather than as the "unintentional" irony that Bigsby attributes to the work. Indeed a curiously persistent refusal to credit Hansberry with a capacity for intentional irony has led some critics to interpret the play's thematic conflicts as mere confusion, contradiction, or eclecticism. Isaacs, for example, cannot easily reconcile Hansberry's intense concern for her race with her ideal of human reconciliation. But the play's complex view of Black self-esteem and human solidarity as compatible is no more "contradictory"than Du Bois' famous, well-considered ideal of ethnic self-awareness coexisting with human unity, or Fanon's emphasis on an ideal internationalism that also accommodates national identities and roles.

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The author's primary purpose in this passage is to

  • A explain some critics' refusal to consider Raisin in the Sun a deliberately ironic play
  • B suggest that ironic nuances ally Raisin in the Sun with Du Bois' and Fanon's writings
  • C analyze the fundamental dramatic conflicts in Raisin in the Sun
  • D justify the inclusion of contradictory elements in Raisin in the Sun
  • E affirm the thematic coherence underlying Raisin in the Sun

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