A Dream Deterred In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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What happens to a dream deferred? What exactly would have to happen, for it to become a dream deferred? To understand theses questions; we would first have to look at factors that would influence the differing. We would have to look at factors such as: race, social class, personal income, and, finally, one 's identity. In Lorraine Hansberry 's play, A Raisin in the Sun; we watch the character, Beneatha, struggle with what society expects out of her, and what she expects out of her life. But more importantly, we watch the struggle of her finding her identity while pursuing the dream of becoming a doctor. Will she win the battle or will her dream become deferred? In this world, knowing one 's identity is probably the most important thing valued. When a person knows who they are, they know what they want for themselves and what they are actually made of. What is a better way at finding this out, but by experimenting in different hobbies? “... taken it in your mind to learn to play guitar?... like you go tired of that play acting group you joined last year… what was it before the year before that… Horseback riding club...you ain 't done nothing with all that camera equipment you brought home” (Hansberry 47). Thanks to Momma and Ruth, we are given an insight on a fact: Beneatha doesn’t…show more content…
The next thing that would be obvious to conclude from this play is the fact that Beneatha´s most ambitious dream would have to become a doctor. We find this out at the beginning of the play when her older brother, Walter, makes a reference to it, “Have we figured out yet, just exactly how much medical school is going to cost?” (Hansberry 34). In this scene, Walter and Beneatha were discussing the fate of the life insurance money, that was suppose to be coming in that day. For Beneatha’s dream to be fulfilled, she would need an unlimited amount of money, which she does not possess. This is a major obstacle, that many people still face today, when they try to complete their
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