Comparing The American Dream In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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The American Dream is the assumption that working hard will allow one to flourish economically and to create a future for one’s family; however, truly achieving the American Dream for one is to have both wealth and social status. In Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Walter’s dream of owning his own liquor store stirs up problems with his family. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby’s infatuation with Daisy leads him on a lonely and perilous journey. Walter and Gatsby each achieved separate halves of the American Dream. Walter had social grace but lacked wealth; on the other hand,Gatsby was at the pinnacle of prosperity but was unable to assimilate into high society.
Gatsby’s American Dream was to marry the love of his
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Living as a poor, black American, opportunities to success was limited to help him achieve his dream. Although Walter had an abundance of family support, he was blinded by the business deals that he wanted to accomplish. He said, “Mama – sometimes when I’m downtown and I pass them cool-quiet-looking restaurants where them white boys are sitting back and talking ‘bout things…sitting there turning deals worth millions of dollars…sometimes I see guys don’t look much older than me – (1.2.)” Walter believed that because of his lack of wealth, his life would be insufficient and pointless. When he sees that the “guys don’t look much older than [him]”, he loses hope in what he can accomplish. As he gets older and older, he fears that he will continue to work as a chauffeur; he fears that he will work to death like his father and fail to support his children to change the never ending cycle. Without the “deals worth billions of dollars”, he simply couldn’t see his American Dream- a future where he wouldn’t have to work day and night, where Mama didn’t have to work til she died, where his wife didn’t have to take care of the kids of strangers and where his son didn’t have to worry about milk
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