A Raisin in the Sun

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A Raisin in the Sun

“What happens to a dream deferred?” asks Langston Hughes. Lorraine Hansberry in A Raisin in the Sun explores the answer to his question through the Younger Family. Initially, the Younger Family members received a 10,000 dollar insurance check after their father’s passing. Each of the Younger’s had his own idea as how to spend the check. Each member believing that his or her idea will solve the family’s problems and will make their dreams come true. However, it takes more than money to fulfill their dreams. Each one must first identify his true desire before he can attain his goals. In order for Mama’s, Beneatha’s, and Walter’s dreams to become reality, each of the Younger members must transcend his or her selfish ways to become the independent respected adult each wishes to be.

Mama’s dream was for her children, Walter and Beneatha to become independent. Mama wants nothing more; she just wants to see her children relying on themselves. She demands that members of her family respect themselves and take pride in their dreams.Mama wants Beneatha and Walter to understand that she will not be around forever to hold their hands. When Mama received the insurance check she went and purchased a house in an upscale, white neighborhood. Although she was doing what she thought was best, the purchasing of this house caused many problems among her family. Money is only a means to an end for Mama; dreams are more important to her than material wealth, and her dream is to own a house with a garden and yard in which Travis can play. Beneatha is a college student who provides a young, independent, feminist perspective, and her desire to be a doctor demonstrates her great ambition. Throughout the novel, Beneatha continues to search for her identity. Beneatha prides herself on being independent and does not see why she has to…...

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