Theme Of Dreams In A Raisin In The Sun

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What happens to a dream deferred? In Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun”, dreams are often challenged and sometimes even deferred. The characters are faced with challenges that delay them from living the life they want and achieving their dreams. Walter Younger, the father of the family, is an envious, hopeless, and immature colored man living in Southside Chicago during the 1950s. He has multiple sub-dreams throughout the play, but his overall hope seems to be a comfortable life for his family. Walter has not achieved his dream for a happy family because of his actions and personality. One reason that Walter does not achieve his dream is the fact that he is envious. For example, Walter’s job as a chauffeur requires him to drive around rich, white men all day. He recalls that when he is downtown he passes “‘...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 that don't look much older than me’” (Hansberry 74). This shows that he wishes he had the life of a successful businessman instead of a chauffeur. Moreover, Walter is jealous of George Murchison, who has an interest in Walter’s sister, Beneatha. He insults Murchison by saying “‘I know ain't nothing in this world as busy as you colored college boys with your fraternity pins and white shoes’” (Hansberry 84). This implies that Walter wishes he had the life George had, and has to
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