When Dreams Meet Reality In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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When Dreams Meet Reality The United States was believed to be a prosperous time for all American citizens in the 1940s. However, this was a dream that could not be farther from the truth. There are two plays that are set in the 1940s that show the truth of the era. The first play is titled A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. The second is the Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. Through these plays, people can live and understand the reality of what is perceived to be the American Dream. Walter Lee is one of the main characters from A Raisin in the Sun. His goal was to be able to make enough money to provide for his entire family. This includes his wife, Ruth, son, Travis, sister, Beneatha, and mother, Lena. He was a chauffeur for wealthy white men and absolutely hated it. After his father passed away, his mother received ten thousand dollars due to his life insurance policy. Walter wanted to take all of the money to start a liquor business with two other men. However, one of the men, stole all of his money. Walter’s attempt to do what he believed was best for his family left him broken and lost after it backfired on him. At left we ca see…show more content…
He did what he believed was going to make that a reality, however it just hurt the family more. Willy Loman is a character from the Death of a Salesman. He has a similar problem in life. He believes he is the best salesman in the New York area. In reality, Willy was a below average and unknown salesman. His son makes this known to the readers when he says “You were never anything but a hard-working drummer who landed in the ash can like all the rest of them” (Miller 98). Willy worked his entire life to provide for his family. In fact, the greatest sale he made was when he “sold” his life so that his family would receive twenty thousand dollars through his life insurance policy. Walter and Willy both had aspirations of providing for their

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