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A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry

Character Analysis Mrs. Johnson (Mrs. Wilhelmina Othella Johnson)

The character of Mrs. Johnson appears mostly for comic relief. She is a flat caricature of the nosy, jealous neighbor. However, Hansberry employs the Mrs. Johnson character in order to point out the explosive realities that await the Youngers for being the first blacks to move into Clybourne Park. Mrs. Johnson is insensitive and unkind, asking indelicate, overly nosy questions. At one point, she practically says outright that she is hoping that the Youngers' new house will be bombed. Although her warnings are about a very real danger to the Youngers, Mrs. Johnson's manner is so offensive that she appears almost ludicrous.