Compare And Contrast The Ways In Which The American Dream Is Presented Through Walter Younger In Lorraine Hansberry

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Compare and contrast the ways in which the American Dream is presented through Walter Younger in Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘ A Raisin in the Sun’ and Willy Lehman in Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of the Salesman’

The American Dream is something many Americans desire. The desire to the mind – set or belief that anyone can be successful if they worked hard for what they’ve been yearning. It is considered to be a ‘perfect life’; it can be full of money, contentedness or even love. There are many divergent opinions given by people. Walter Younger from Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ and Willy Loman from Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of the Salesman’ both have their own views on the American Dream and how it can be achieved. Walter Lee Younger, a
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Willy desperately hopes that his sons will one day grasp the concept on how to climb up the economic ladder. He believes that by constant prompting that one day they will understand there is more to this world than manual. But this creates tension between their relationship and his sons slowly drift apart as they do not agree with their fathers view. The American Dream is portrayed through Walter and Willy’s journey to during the 1940s and 1950s where bot plays were had money playing a huge impact on defining a person and what that person could do. Both Walter and Willy have different ideas of money and how powerful it can be in defining a person.
Walter’s behaviour is quite impotent as he fails in being able to assert his own voice in the articulation of his own dreams. In the Younger household Mama takes care of all the finances (money), Ruth the house beneath her own dreams, and Walter seems to lack vision and definition, he doesn’t really have a purpose. Over the course of the play Walter is treated like a child, everyone is criticising him in wanting him to change. Walter has been married for married for eleven years and has three children. Walter and Ruts relationship is very odd. Ruth is concerned about her relationship with Walter at the beginning of the play, and Walter is surrounded by females who never listen to him; they don’t care about his dreams. Ruth will not take Walters side about buying a liquor store with the

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