Today we read two long excerpts from the play Clybourne Park, which Bruce Norris wrote in 2011 as a bookend to A Raisin in the Sun. Remember, Act I takes place in the home that the Younger family will move into but features the white family that’s living there (and Karl Lindner’s pitch to keep them there). Act II takes place 50 years later after the neighborhood has become a predominately black neighborhood and a white couple wants to move into the former Younger home (and demolish it and build a new one).
Please get a copy of Clybourn Park from me if you missed class. For Thursday, please have Clybourne Park read and answer one of the following three questions:
1) Does Clybourne Park serve as an appropriate continuation of A Raisin in the Sun?
2) Compare/contrast Clybourne Park to A Raisin in the Sun (and even Death of Salesman). Does Clybourne Park demonstrate that there is one universal American struggle or American Dream?
3) Think back to our question from the beginning of the course: what should American Literature be or do in the 21st century? Does Clybourne Park do/show/reveal/ poke/ reflect what you want to see American Lit do in our time period?
As always, use evidence and specific references to the texts to make comparisons and contrasts? This response should be between 3/4 to 1 full page.