Theme Of Dreams In A Raisin In The Sun

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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 …show more content…
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 also his family’s dreams because the money in the investment made the family’s dreams possible. At this point in the story, Walter’s deferred dream, “dr[ied] up like a raisin in the sun,” as it caused him to suck all the moisture out of life and release all the bitterness on his family (Hughes 1). The hopes the investment brought were sweet, mouthwatering and full of flavor like a grape. The money burned in the scorching racism America held, and left the burnt, blackened remains in Walter’s heart. The sweet juice you taste when you crunch a grape and Walter’s selfish dreams both shriveled up, and the moisture that once brought security vanished. Walter’s dreams are left like a raisin in the sun, lacking moisture and burnt by the sun that is racism. …show more content…
Her family thinks she should not marry because she is to young, but agree that when she is ready, she should marry a man with wealth. Asagai may not be wealthy, but he appreciates her culture and her love of education. George Murchison, whom Walter wants her to marry, is wealthy, but does not appreciate her aspirations or culture, and wants her to assimilate to the American culture rather than the African culture. Beneatha, unlike her family, is in college currently studying to be a doctor. When Beneatha found out Walter used her college savings for an investment, she said to Asagai they, “went out and took my future” and “Nobody asked me, nobody consulted me. They just went out there and changed my life,” and the money “belonged to all of us” (Hansberry 134-135). Beneatha’s dream has been put on hold, first because Walter used it for an investment, and also because the money Walter invested failed. At this point in the story, Beneatha’s deferred dream, “stink[s] like rotten meat,” as it has caused her to reek of irritability, anger and resentment towards her family (Hughes 1). Like a fresh piece of meat, Beneatha had a dream that would nourish her life, and with the money from her father’s

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