Comparing The American Dream In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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"A Raisin In the Sun" a play written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1959, is about a low class African American family living in a constant struggle of achieving their wants and desires. Throughout this play, there is one recurring theme. The American Dream. The American Dream is "A national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers." In other words, a life without struggling. Each individual character has a different perception on what "The American Dream" means to them. In the duration of this play, you'll learn just exactly what it means to these characters,…show more content…
No matter your what your ethnicity may be, you still are presented with the opportunity to achieve your dreams, to be who you choose to be. In the 1950's, when "A Raisin In The Sun" was written, African Americans didn't have as much expressive freedom and equal rights. Especially for women. For Beneatha Younger, that didn't stop her. Beneatha has dreams and a mindset of being a doctor. As an African American, low class, woman, a high class position of that type, wasn't widely known. In that time period, it was unheard of for the most part. Beneatha is remarkably outspoken. She lives in a family with all similar beliefs and morals, yet she doesn't fear to disagree with them. Her need for independence leads to many arguments and shakiness within her family. Beneatha constantly feels the need to have no less than expensive hobbies, and a surplus of them at that. As she enjoys them, her family constantly reminds her that the money could be used for more financially relevant things. The bond between Beneatha and her family is very rocky in "A Raisin In The Sun" solely due to the reason that she refuses to accept the traditional female role in her time of being. "A set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success... " A short piece of what the actual definition of "The American Dream" is. Beneatha strived to have all that. She is willing to challenge the expectations of society to fulfill
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