The American Dream In A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

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A Raisin in the Sun By Lorraine Hansberry is realistic fictional drama in which the play’s title and the action of the character represent the play’s theme. The play focused on Black America 's struggles to reach the American Dream of life, liberty, and pursuing happiness during the 1950s and the 1960s. The idea of everyone having the chance to achieve a better life should exist for all. Hansberry created her title using a line from Langston Hughes’ poem “A Dream Deferred”. The original poem was written in 1951 about Harlem. Hughes’ line from the poem claimed that when dreams are deferred they dry up like a raisin in the sun. This meant that they used Hanberry. Hughes’ poem further suggested that when dreams and goals are denied to be …show more content…
Hanghess poem was a precursor to African American families. Hansberry not only used Hughes’ poem to create her title, but she also used it to express the spirit of Black America. Through her characters, Walter Younger, Beneatha Younger, and Leana Younger, Hansberry created real examples of Black America’s struggles to reach the American Dream. Through her character Walter Younger, Lorraine Hansberry created real example of Black America 's struggle to reach the American. Walter’s American Dream was to get out of poverty. He was going to achieve this dream by opening a liquor store to get the money. His dream was deferred because he didn’t have money to support his family. “You see, this little liquor store we got in mind cost seventy-five thousand and we figured the initial investment on the place”(79). He believes the investing Mama’s check into the liquor …show more content…
Leana’s American Dream was having a superior life for her kids. She was going to achieve this dream by getting her family out of poverty. Her dream was deferred because the people from the organization didn’t want them to get out of poverty and didn’t allow their kind. “Well because we have a unique type of organization in American community life,not only do we deplore that kind of thing we try to do something about it”(116). She probably just wants to take her family out of poverty, she probably doesn’t think that there wouldn’t be any problems between them and the whites. Leana’s American Dream was to buy a house for her and her family. She was going to achieve this dream by getting the check from the insurance agency for her husband’s death. Her dream was deferred because people have said that it would bring enormous problems in the neighborhood that they looking at. “I’m 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 in certain areas”(115). Mama doesn’t care if it will produce a problem between her family and the whites the important thing is to get her family out of that apartment they are living in right now. Leana’s American Dream was for a world for women and men to be treated equally. She was going to achieve this dream by moving her family

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