`` I Have A Dream, And Do Those Dreams Come True?

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Who’s in charge of what people dream, and do those dreams come true? Lorraine Hansberry did a great job expressing struggles within an individual family to the society in her play, A Raisin in the Sun. The play “opened at the Barrymore Theatre in New York on March 11, 1959” (“Background” par. 1). This was before Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” that took place on August 28, 1963; therefore, one could assume that Hansberry was experiencing the fight to gain African Americans’ rights when she was writing A Raisin in the Sun. The play helps society (white folk) and the reader understand that it doesn’t matter what race you are, everyone has similar struggles, and they can relate to the differences. Even though this particular family’s struggles are inflicted upon them because of unequal rights, the protagonist, Walter Lee Younger, could have avoided making more conflicted situations for his family. His personality and personal struggles influenced his responsibilities in his household, and it took a great deal for him to gain the power of being in charge of his family, of becoming a man. Walter Lee Younger tends to make bad decisions. He doesn’t have very strong relationships with his family members because of his selfish ways, making him seem to be a boy instead of a man. Hansberry describes Walter Lee Younger as an “[… intense young man, inclined to quick nervous movements and erratic speech habits¬¬— and always in his voice there is a quality of
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