Compare And Contrast Essay On The American Dream

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Three American Dreams – Different but The Same Whether it is love or fame, the idea of the American Dream still exists in modern society. The premise of the American Dream is that if someone works hard, they can achieve their dream because of the many opportunities present in America. The American Dream is demonstrated in multiple ways in our society. It is shown in movies, reflected in the mores of our society and is presented in literary novels. A Raisin in The Sun by Lorraine Hansbury illustrates this American Dream by utilizing some irony, showing how members of a poor society achieved their dreams through hard work and family tragedy. The dreams of Mama, Beneatha and Walter all show us that, despite great obstacles, the American Dream is still possible, but maybe not in the way we might expect. One of the characters with a dream…show more content…
She has the dream to become a doctor and change society. She feels that our culture is oppressive and that many are assimilationists. According to Beneatha, an assimilationist “means someone who is willing to give up his own culture and submerge himself completely in the dominant, and in this case oppressive culture!” (Act 2, Scene 1). This quote shows her opinions on the progression of racial tensions and how she feels they should be changed. “… Don’t you see there isn’t any real progress, Asagai, there is only one large circle that we march in, around and around, each of us with our own little picture in front of us – our own little mirage that we think is the future.” (Act 3). In Act 3, Beneatha doubts her dreams. “… I wanted to do that. I always thought it was the one concrete thing in the world that a human being could do. Fix up the sick, you know – and make them whole again… I wanted to cure. It used to matter. I used to care.” The insurance check from her father’s death also helps her achieve her dream, as money is available for her to get an
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