Comparing Deferred Dreams In A Raisin In The Sun And Harlem

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The Detriment of Deferred Dreams Many people find, in their life, they are faced with the decision of whether to pursue a career that aligns with their passion. Both Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun and Langston Hughes’s poem “Harlem” demonstrate the consequences of postponed dreams on a person’s outlook on life. Hansberry exhibits the effect of forgotten aspirations through the characterization and behavior of the character Walter. In the beginning of A Raisin in the Sun, Walter suffers from feeling isolated and dissatisfied with the life he currently lives. Hansberry exhibits Walter’s state of isolation when he declares, “Nobody in this house is ever going to understand me” (Hansberry 38). The constant bickering between Walter and…show more content…
After receiving a phone call from Walter’s employer, Ruth realises Walter has been skipping work. Walter admits he has no motivation to continue working at his current job. He also reveals that he has been using Willy Harris’s car to drive aimlessly and drink at the Green Hat (Hansberry 105). Walter’s drinking problem has worsened because of the lack of money. The reaction Walter experiences are similar to the line “Maybe it just sags/like a heavy load” (Hughes 9-10). The deferred dream causes Walter to sink to the bottom, and it seems like he may never resurface. He copes with this disappointment by drinking excessively. This leads Mama to understand how her lack for support has undermined Walter’s hope. After the money Mama gave him was stolen, Walter’s anger manifests to the point he claims,“What’s the matter with you all! I didn’t make this world! It was gave to me this way!” (Hansberry 143). His dream was extremely close to becoming a reality when it was robbed from him. Walter finally releases the frustration he has bottled up inside for the past weeks. He has hit rock bottom, and it appears that, no matter what he does, the world will always be against
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