Comparing The American Dream In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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When it comes to the American Dream, people think of ways to make themselves affluent. The late 1950s, African Americans had to face racism due to their color, and economic struggle. Walter Lee Younger, the protagonist from the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, goes through different stages. He is selfish, angry, and ignores his family’s needs when he attempts to own a business, which causes a financial crisis for them. However, he realizes his path to finding a job could be difficult due to discrimination. He probably will have to struggle to be happy financially, and just like Walter, it was difficult for African Americans in the 1950s to accomplish the American Dream. While it is true that Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin …show more content…
Walter fails to realize his wife never supports him; he wants his family to think big entrepreneurial vision of the American Dream. He became very frustrated with his family, because his mother, his wife Ruth, his son Travis and his younger sister Beneatha, do not support to obtain his American Dream. Walter tell his wife about his plans for business and with the money he can start his own business, but, Ruth did not support him. Walter became irritated with his wife because he thinks that Ruth did not really care about the liquor store plan; where Ruth’s perspective is that Walter’s is doing business with the wrong people. His woman says: “Eat your eggs and go to work” (Hansberry’s 1.1). The quote shows that Ruth did not want to listen to Walter because Ruth said this type of job does not belong to us we are middle class. Because of culture and color? And he is frustrated because his family is not corroborative …show more content…
Mama bought a house in the white side of town. Later, Karl Linder, a white representative Association approaches the family. He says, “I am sure you people must be aware of some of the incidents which have happened in various parts of the city when colored people have moved into certain areas” (Hansberry’s 3.1). The Association wants to buy back the home in order to keep the younger from moving into the neighborhood. Walter, decide not to accept the check from Linder. This bold symbolizes African American wiliness to overcome the challenges that have been put in place by whites. Walter state “And we have decided to move into our house because my father--my father--he earned it for us brick by brick” (Hansberry 3.1). This is the moment where Walter truly ascends into maturity for the good of his family. Karl Linder said, “For the happiness of all concerned, our Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities” (118). This is a prime example of racial segregation and redlining. The federal government policy of redlining was the act of not giving loans or insurance to people that are deemed as a poor and financial risk area. The redlining distribute the wealth of America unequally, and because of redlining most black community around America today tend to have low-value homes and abandon housing, leaving black communities in poverty. However, Hansberry is standing up to

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