The Dream Deferred Dreams, By Lorraine Hansberry And The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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A dream deferred can be described as having a specific goal in mind, but that goal somehow ends up delayed. In both “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the idea of deferred dreams is clearly portrayed through the characters of Walter Younger and Jay Gatsby. Walter Younger and Jay Gatsby are two completely different characters, but they are similar in wanting to achieve their dreams. Walter dreams of owning a liquor store but that has not been able to happen because of his poverty and the prejudice in his society. Gatsby dreams that the lies he surrounds himself with will become real resulting in Daisy loving him again, but reality catching up to him is what stands in his way. The issue of dreams being on hold is shown throughout both novels by the world that these two characters live in and their personal issues. Living in the 1950’s, every man, including Walter Younger, wants to pursue the American Dream. However, being African-American in a time that classifies them as an inferior group of people, completing that dream is a hard thing to do. During this novel Walter has always felt that his dreams have been put on hold due to the racial prejudice surrounding him. Because of the low level life he is living, Walter blames his financial instability and unsuccessfulness on his race, making him desperate to lead the rich life of a white person. “Mama: Oh – So now it’s life. Money is life. Once upon a time freedom used to be…

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