The Importance Of Dreams In A Raisin In The Sun

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Langston Hughes once said, “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, the Younger’s are a poor African-American family living in a tiny apartment. An opportunity to escape from poverty comes in the form of a $10,000 life insurance check that Lena, the mother, receives upon her husband 's death. Lena 's children, Walter and Beneatha, each have their plans for the money. The oldest son, Walter, wishes to invest in a liquor store. The younger sister, Beneatha, currently a college student, wants to use the money for medical school. Lena has plans as well for the money: she wants to buy a house for the family and fulfil her kids dreams. There are three main characters in this movie that have specific dreams are Walter, Beneatha, and Lena. Walter dreamt of becoming the owner of a liquor store. Through that he hoped that he would become independent and be the head of the family. Walter worked as a chauffeur for a rich white man and he was unsatisfied. Walter felt terrible because he was in his…show more content…
Lena wanted to use her husband 's insurance money for the children to follow and achieve their dreams. Lena is extremely worried about Walter 's obsession with money and Beneatha 's lack of faith in God. Still, she stays supportive of her children and still loves them unconditionally. Her nurturing personality is symbolized by the way she treats her houseplant. Just like her family, Lena 's plant lacks the necessary resources to flourish. Rather than giving up, Mama does all she can for it and has faith that one day it will truly thrive. Mama 's faith is put to the test near the end of the play when she trusts Walter with $6,500 that 's left from the insurance check. She feels misplaced and disappointed when Walter loses all of the money. However, Lena 's faith is redeemed when her son refuses to accept the bribe from Mr. Lindner. In the last moments of the play, Lena took pride in both of her
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