Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun Essay

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Dream’s Recovered

     Everyone has dreams; everyone has goals they want to accomplish. Some know what it is instantly and some take time to realize what they want to do. But not everyone will achieve their dreams and some, because of sad circumstances lose their grip on their dream and fall into a state of disappointment. Langston Hughes poem relates to the dreams of Mama, Ruth, and Walter in Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun.
     Ruth has to listen to Walter’s extravagant dreams of being rich and powerful all the time and know that these dreams will never happen. They are very poor and Travis must sleep on the couch because they only have a two-room apartment. Ruth’s
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Is it gone? All of it? Beneatha’s money too?” (2.3.129). After all of this Mama seems as if she is sagging under the heavy load of disappointment and trying to understand her children.
     Walter’s dream is actually the great American dream to have your own house in a good neighborhood, a job you love, a wife, and children. But sadly he’s far from his dream. He is a chauffeur for a rich white man, and must drive him around in an expensive car that he could never afford. Walter’s dream is also deferred when he is told that good old Willy Harris absconded with the money for his and his family’s dreams. Hearing this Walter says “Willy!...Man, I put my life in your hands...Man...THAT MONEY IS MADE OUT OF MY FATHER’S FLESH.” (2.3.128). Walter is very angry after when he finally realizes that they received the money because his father died. Then becomes violent at the fact that a man he trusted with his life ran away with the money that symbolized his dead father. So all the pent up anger he had been holding in finally comes out and he explodes.
     Eventually, as in most cases, dreams can be recovered or at least attempted again after the state of depression is over. In this case Walter, Ruth, and Lena never gave up trying to reach their dreams. They would have to work more so they can afford to move and live in their new home. But this did not concern any of them; they just wanted to move out
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