Life can be full of false hope and promises, but what we decide to make of the situation is the defining factor. As children we dreamed of becoming doctors, lawyers, or business owners with the idea that our goal would be achieved. As we grow older and the time has come for our goals to be met we sometimes fall short or give up on our lifelong dream. Life can get in the way and things do not always turn out the way we intend it to. Our dreams do not seem as easy to obtain as they did when we were a child with a big imagination. In her play, A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry portrays characters who appear to be strong, determined, and hopeful when it comes to living out their daily lives and following their dreams. Early in the play we …show more content…
It is clear that he is unrelenting towards his family. When his father’s ten thousand dollar insurance check comes in the mail, he practically assumes that the money is his “Old Willy Harris put everything on paper” (1, p. 948). Walter has a dream to open a liquor business and does not have enough money to do so. He wants to take the insurance check in order to open the business, but his family does not agree and doubts him. He tries to show his family, his credibility by explaining to them that he has the liquor business all planned out. He begs his family to listen to him and tries to convince them that they will no longer have to live in poverty as long as he gets the money. Later, after being discouraged, Walter’s mother Lena has a change of heart and after receiving the money Walter becomes foolish and leaves the money in the wrong hands. Walter 's dream is destroyed when his friend comes to tell him “...when I got to the train station yesterday morning—eight o’clock like we planned… Man—Willy didn 't never show up” (2, p. 979). This shows that Walter’s ambitions, passion, and stubbornness to live out his dream have backfired and have caused his family
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It is often said that dreams become reality when intentions become actions. In the Broadway play A Raisin in The Sun written by Lorraine Hansberry, Mama portrays just how much dreams define one’s character and affect the actions that follow. The play set in the 1950s revolves around Mama and her family: her daughter Beneatha, her son Walter, and her daughter in law Ruth, and the steps they take to achieve their different dreams. Throughout the play, it is apparent that Mama, also known as Lena, is on two different levels on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs pyramid. She consistently exhibits the characteristics of a person on stage 5, while still not feeling protected, for she is African American, thereby violating stage 3.
In the book, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, the Youngers, a working-class black family struggle against economic hardship and racial prejudice. As the book advances, the Youngers clash over their competing hopes for the family. Payments become taken advantage of, and people begin to give up on eachother, but not Mama, when she counts on hope to help. Hope is almost like a feeling of trust, and the Younger Family tries to sustain a strong family by looking for hope and fulfill their separate dreams. Hope is the last thing the Youngers have left to get to where they want to be, and hope gives them a reason to believe their dreams are able to be attained.
"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.
What happens to a dream deferred? What exactly would have to happen, for it to become a dream deferred? To understand theses questions; we would first have to look at factors that would influence the differing. We would have to look at factors such as: race, social class, personal income, and, finally, one 's identity. In Lorraine Hansberry 's play, A Raisin in the Sun; we watch the character, Beneatha, struggle with what society expects out of her, and what she expects out of her life.
Walter realizes that in order for him to be wealthy, he must succeed at a business first. Walter believes that a liquor store will provide him both wealth and success, and will change his family’s lives. Furthermore, Walter’s dreams of a new life are inspired by the despair he experiences throughout the play. Walter allows himself to indulge in these dreams since that is all he has left of himself. Walter concludes that if he can create a successful business; it will provide him with the opportunity to share his dream with the entire Younger family, something he has hoped so badly
It’s all gone . . . (page 102)” This quote perfectly explains why Walter is rude to his family because when he got the money he was suppose to give some to beneatha and put some in the bank. Instead he gave all the money to Willy Harris. Then Willy took the money and bought the liquor store without asking or even telling Walter, Now you have a more reasons to show why Walter is very very rude and ignorant to his family.
Despite the fact that dreaming of a liquor store is shallow, Walter’s motivation to be able to support his family helps reconcile his somewhat immoral hopes. Later, Walter shows the idiocy of his plan to own a liquor store when he gets drunk. In act 2, scene 2, Walter borrows Willy Harris’s car and drives around Chicago for two days, then “just walked”, and finally “went to the Green Hat” (2.2 105). Through his actions, Walter shows that he is immature and cares more about pretending to be rich than his job that would allow him to provide for his family.
Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun is a remarkable example of literary exemplar written form on one of the well known American conflicts in society that African Americans confront during the Civil Rights era. Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun use the Younger family as a emblem in order to portray the diverse mindsets of African American families through the Civil Rights era. Hansberry's incredible incorporation of differing personalities and different age ranges was essential to the staging of the symbolic use of the Younger family, to illustrate other African American families. In A Raisin in the Sun Hansberry uses Walter Lee Younger in a impressive exclusive way to represent the ambitious but, knowledgeable African American
Walter can see his dream being put aside because of the situation he has been put in. Those situations occur because of racial injustices others put upon him. Walter proclaims,¨ A job. Mama, a job? I open and close car doors all day long.
This is a huge point in the plot and progresses this story along. Now that Walter is forced to accept that the money is gone, The reader can see what his reaction will be. This money was one of the main parts of the play and was what motivated Walter. Since it is gone, it will affect him, and the other characters, because it would have allowed them to prosper. Walter then begins to call out and yell out Willy as if he was in the room.
Walter has worked most of his life as a chauffeur and struggles with this unfulfilling job. His main conflict in the story begins when his mother, Lena, receives a life insurance check for ten thousand dollars following the death of her husband and rejects giving him the money to open his liquor store. This destroys him emotionally even to the point of losing his dignity by accepting money from a white man trying to get rid of his family and using the money behind his family 's back. However, at his lowest point he realizes that his dignity is more valuable than any sum of money and corrects his mistakes. As he tells Lindner, “We are a very proud people” (Hansberry 164).
Langston Hughes once wrote, “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up / like a raisin in the sun?” In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, it opens with a family of five living in an apartment in Chicago’s Southside during the 19050s and struggles socially and economically as they dream of a better life (486). The recurring theme that family is more important than materialism is shown as Walter proves his masculinity by helping his family to move out of the apartment. Throughout the play, Walter grows from a greedy and selfish person to a responsible family member like his father.
Living in a two-bedroom apartment in the slums of Chicago is Walter, his mother (Lena), his wife Ruth, Beneatha (his sister), and his son Travis. Walter wants to do better by them by starting a liquor business using the insurance money his father gave his mother, but Mama, who is religious says it’s not Christian and “We ain’t no business people… We just plain working folks.” Then his wife, Ruth tells him she doesn’t want to hear about a dream he never pursues, and Beneatha tells Walter he’s crazy and that the money doesn’t belong to him. Especially since none of the family seems to listen or even support his idea he becomes bitter towards them.
Throughout the play, characters in A Raisin in the Sun have strived passionately for achieving their dreams. Lena Younger’s dream was for her family to live safely and happily. Easily crossing out all the other possibilities of dreams that could be chosen, Lena Younger’s dream was the most deserving because it was very virtuous. It was realistic, selfless, distinguishable, and Lena was the most qualified
Unfortunately his dream and his reality do not reconcile. Walter vents his anger on money and lack of opportunities in life. The reader can see this when he tells his wife that “I got me a dream” (33) and she replies “Your eggs are getting cold!” (33). This shows his family don’t recognise his own personal goals and needs which is a major struggle for him as he feels he is being