Vol. 5, Issue 1 (2018)
Revival of hope in Lorraine Hansberry's play: What use are Flowers?
Author(s): Dr. M Priya
Abstract: Lorraine Hansberry's What Use Are Flowers? executed in 1962, an exceptional fantasy play deliberately presents how the world can retain its hope amidst the hardest realities and nuclear holocaust. What Use Are Flowers? raises intellectual queries regarding the threat imposed by nuclear wars and terrorism in the world. The play demonstrates the effects of life, death, despair and survival squeezed out of the meaningless existence of universe and the hazarding holocaust war. Having witnessed the destruction and the depression of the two World Wars, Hansberry clearly retells the suffocating and panic consequences that haunt the entire universe. Hansberry marks the revival of hope with the arrival of the old hermit. While thinking of returning to the human world which he abandoned for twenty years, the hermit meets a group of children, orphaned by war. The children behave wildly and the hermit takes up the responsibility of civilising them hoping to make a better world for the mankind.