A Raisin In The Sun: Poem Analysis

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is a play based off a poem by Langston Hughes called A Dream Deferred. Many of the characters actions show similarities with the imagery of the poem. One correlation however stands out from the rest. A character named Willy Harris ran away with $6,500 of Walter Younger’s money which they had planned to invest in a liquor store. The line in the poem “...or fester like a sore and then run” reflects the actions of Willy Harris in the play. To not beat around the bush this is easily the grossest line in the whole poem. This is fitting as it corresponds with the most evil thing done in the play. When Willy Harris ran away with the money he ran away with Walter’s dreams. Willy Harris ran away with $6,500
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