Dreams Deferred By Lorraine Hansberry Essay

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Some dreams are accomplished, some dreams are not accomplished, and some dreams are simply put off for another day. The play, A Raisin In the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry was about dreams deferred. Three characters in this story, Walter, Beneatha, and Mama all have dreams, that are currently or at some point in their lives have been deferred. Walter’s deferred dream of owning a business “dr[ies] up like a raisin in the sun,” as his large investment dwindled away into the greedy pockets of America which left Walter with a seemingly impossible dream and a decision that could change his family’s life (Hughes 1). Walter has dreams of starting a profitable business, and in order to accomplish that he must use the 10,000 dollars his family gained from his father’s death. His family all have unique dreams such as, starting a family, going to school or owning a house which are all made attainable with that money. His mother divides up the money evenly between Walter, Beneatha, his sister, and herself. Walter, with a great deal of ignorance, places his dream above of his family’s dreams showing his authority in the household. After he dumps all his family’s money into an investment, his business partner, Bobo, informs him that the investment went awry. Walter, out of anger and resentment utters, “Man…I trusted you…Man I put my life in your hands…That money is made out of my father’s flesh” (Hansberry 128)! Not only did Walter’s dreams of starting a business dessicate, but…

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