Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

1260 Words Jul 15th, 2018 6 Pages
The chasing of a mirage is a futile quest where an individual chases an imaginary image that he or she wants to capture. The goal of this impossible quest is in sight, but it is unattainable. Even with the knowledge that failure is inevitable, people still dream of catching a mirage. There is a fine line that separates those who are oblivious to this fact, and to those who are aware and accept this knowledge. The people who are oblivious represent those who are ignorant of the fact that their dream will be deferred. This denial is the core of the concept used in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. The perception of the American Dream is one that is highly subjective, but every individual dream ends in its own deferment.
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Struggling like a woman trenching through thick brown mud, Lena is still adamant in her quest “to attain a higher existence in this world” (Hansberry 139). As her trek to their inescapable fate continues, Mama’s dreams dry up in the heat of realization.
Mama is not the only character that is intricately characterized in the book. Beneatha, Lena’s daughter, is also put together to represent the inevitability of living like one of the lower class. She says that, “George looks good- he’s got a beautiful car and takes me to nice places..” (Hansberry 49) While this quote defines Beneatha’s acceptance of George’s privileged life, it is said with a shadow of jealousy. According to Freydberg, a writer and author, this “establishes the class differences between the Youngers and the Murchisons.” This new “fine line” that separates the upper and lower class creates individual characteristics that define each class. Darwin Turner, an honored African American who taught at the University of Iowa, asserted that even though the “blacks and whites have similar character traits and similar values, they are ambivalent about social interrelationships.” These two races are truly self-defining, and the inequality between these two ethnicities proves it. With Beneatha’s apparent jealousy for the life of the upper class, the text