Analysis Of Walter's Dreams In Raisin In The Sun

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In “Raisin in the Sun”, Walter is held back from achieving his dreams because of obstacles that stand in his way. Walter's dreams dramatically change from the beginning to the end of the book. For example, at the beginning of the book his main dream is to own a liquor store, and by the end, he only wants to help his family. However, many people stand in the way of his dreams. At the start of the book when Walter is fighting for his liquor store, he is hindered by his family and himself. Walter sees a chance to make his dream come true when Mama receives the check for ten thousand dollars. While this may be true, Mama and the rest of the family had different ideas of what to do with the money. Before he is given the money, Walter tries to convince …show more content…
Paul Dunbar’s lines, “I know why the caged bird beats his wings/ Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;/ For he must fly back to his perch and cling /And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars.” mirror how Walter is so determined to get the liquor store that he mentally kills himself by making countless poor decisions such as running away instead of talking to his wife on page seventy-five. These lines are represented in my collage in the form of words. On the volcano, I wrote all the lines he said that blame other people for why he is not where he wants to be in life. Overall, when relating Walter to the poem, both characters, the bird, and Walter, posses a dream of escaping their obstacles and achieving their fantasies. The line I chose from Lorraine Hansberry's “A Raisin in the Sun” is, “Man; I’m a volcano. Bitter? Here I am a giant surrounded by ants! Ants who can’t even understand what it is the giants talking about” (Hansberry 85). Instead of Walter asking himself why he is not where he is, he is blaming others that are around him. It would be easier for him if Mama just gave him the money, on the other hand the money came from his father dying. If Walter was determined to get the store, he could find a way. This is an example of how Walter is his own obstacle. I want the viewer of my collage to take away one important lesson. I want them to know that you can change your whole

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