The American Dream Has Become A Nightmare Essay

993 Words Nov 29th, 2015 4 Pages
Dream? More Like a Nightmare.

Bernie Sanders once said “For many, the American dream has become a nightmare”. The past notions that America is country in which people have freedom and the ability to better their lives has died within the last several decades. However, some are still under the belief that the dream lives. This has done nothing but make their lives and the lives of their dependents worse as their identity has become convoluted. The fact the American Dream is nothing but a dream as shown in A Raisin in the Sun, “Refugee Ship”, and “A Supermarket in California”. In all three works, the actions and dialogue of the main characters or speaker reveal how their identity has led to a nightmare rather than a dream.

In Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, the main characters’ identities have been altered because of their belief in the American Dream. Walter Lee Younger dreamed of owning his own business and leaving the low level job he held now. His sister Beneatha dreamed of becoming a doctor. From the beginning, Walter Lee had been whining and acting plain childish because of his inability to achieve his American Dream. When telling Ruth about his idea of opening a liquor store, she rebuffs his plan and everything goes downhill from there. He says:

WALTER. (Not listening at all or even looking at her). This morning, I was lookin’ in the mirror and thinking about it… I’m thirty-five years old; I been married eleven years and I got a boy who sleeps in…

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