The American Dream In A Raisin In The Sun

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Race and “The American Dream” in A Raisin in the Sun In A Raisin in the Sun the Youngers, a middle to lower working class African-American family, living in the Southside of Chicago, exhibits dreams and aspirations typically propagated by the “American Dream”. In this case they not only want to achieve financial success, but also acceptance into a white dominated society, whilst simultaneously keeping their identity. The American Dream, an almost trope like notion, heavily imbedded within the American psyche is often seen as the ultimate culmination of one’s goals. The idea and trope of the American Dream has been featured and explored in many literary works such as The Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby. Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun is another example, where each of the characters’ lives are shaped in…show more content…
This matter is rather forced on Mama as all other housing options were two times more expensive because of the segregationist ideas withheld in Chicago then, “[d]iscriminations trapped Blacks in ghettoes and provided no opportunity for them to escape from them. And whenever one tried to run to a white neighborhood, they were attacked by whites and even law” (Nowrouzi, Faghfori and Zohdi 4). “The literal home that Mama Younger purchases in Clybourne Park mirrors her family’s various psycho-social struggles to attain, secure, and define a sense of place, or “home,” in the face of systemic socio-economic racism in Southside Chicago” (Matthews 3). Mama, blinded like the others in pursuit of her dream, ignores the implications of such a move, but their collective decision to move in anyways in the end shows them to be agitators, making a spectacle in order to make a point to potentially make their lives and other African-American lives
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