The Importance Of Dreams In Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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An American Dream
Are dreams important? Dreams can tell a lot about a person and usually say something about the path in which they desire to take. People's dreams can become their goals in life. Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun” sets the scene of an African-American family living in Chicago’s Southside, all with dreams of their own. “There you are. Man say to his woman: I got a dream. His woman say: Eat your eggs and go to work” (1298). Walter Lee Younger, one of the main characters in Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun”, has his mind set on his dream to become successful and make a lot of money. He is unsatisfied with his job as a chauffeur, and wants a big house, a nice car, and pearls for his wife, and an office job. In other words he desires the bourgeoisie lifestyle. This can be seen through Walter’s actions and attitude towards his family and how he sacrifices all he and his family have financially to make his dream come true. But through the disappointments observed throughout the play the reader learns that the commendable idea that everyone can achieve their
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His journey takes him from total jerk, obsessed with get-rich-quick schemes, to a man worthy of respect. “A Raisin in the Sun” is a respectable story about family, struggles, change, and how one can redeem themselves through moral courage and by staying true to one's own beliefs. Through Walter Younger, Lorraine Hansberry also shows how poverty and racism can twist and depress people, turning them against those that they love most. Walters dream didn’t come true but he definitely got more than money could ever buy and that’s the respect and support from his family. “A Raisin in the Sun” shows that the idea everyone can achieve their desires if they work hard, doesn't always stand up in the face of real life and people can redeem themselves through moral
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