The movie Hoop Dreams shows you the difficulties and obstacles that come in the way of dreams. Although it’s said that if you believe in a dream long enough it will come true, but in Hoop Dreams and A Raisin in the Sun you are shown the harsh realities of the falseness of that statement. And that the reality of a dream not coming true hits you like a brick wall.
Many obstacles get in the way of the road to dreams in both stories. In both stories, all families suffer from having little knowledge, and it doesn’t help that they’re all black. Also being poor and living in the ghetto makes things that much harder. Pregnancies also put big bumps in the road to success, in both instances it makes the families come together and try their hardest
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With both Bo (Arthur’s father) and Walter’s case, they both had substance abuse problems and it much affected how well the dreams went. By the end of each story, each said they were off drugs for good. Bo had even said that if he wouldn’t have been on drugs, he would’ve been able to afford Arthur’s education at St. Joseph’s, and that possibly could have put him more in the spotlight in the basketball scene, just like Walter put all his money into the liquor store and had it robbed away. The worst part is, is that some of it wasn’t even his money. Both fathers played a role in breaking dreams with the fault of losing the money. In both stories the mothers played big factors in what happened in A Raisin in the Sun, mama was the one with the money to spend, she bought a house and trusted Walter with the rest, she was the one that gave Walter the support to do what he believed he could do. The mother in each Arthur’s and William’s families have to go through some rough stuff to just make it through life. Especially Arthur’s when he’s taken off federal support after his 18th birthday, but she still managed to get through it. Again though, each film had different effects from the family. With the Youngers (A Raisin in the Sun) having a full family, it gave all the family members support to help get through problems. With each William and Arthur’s father’s gone for some amount of time, the family has tougher