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A Raisin in the Sun Book Analysis

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A Raisin In The Sun Book Analysis

How can your dream come to reality? A Raisin in the Sun is a play of an African American family living in poverty. The father dies, leaving the younger children ten thousand dollars from insurance. The dreams of the Youngers involved the ten thousand dollars. The America dream means something different to each character. The characters with dreams included Walter, Mama, and Beneatha. Benny's dream was to go to school to be a doctor, Walter's dream was to be like the "white man" and open a liquor store. Mama's dream was to buy a new house.

Mama is the accustomed to a different generation than the rest of the family so therefore she is accustomed to different kinds of justice rules and racism. " Seem like God didn't see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams- but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worth while" (Hansberry pp. 46) Mama sees the house as something she can pass onto later generations. Her dream is to just have something new & fresh that she can call her own. She bought the new house as a step toward the creation and achievement of more dreams for herself, her children, and her grandchildren. After she did so, she realized that she was treating Walter the same way the world was treating him. Not letting him mature and be a man. By realizing so she gave Walter some of the money for him to open a bank account.

"That's it. There you are. Man say to his woman: I got me a dream. His woman say: Eat your eggs. Man say: I got to take hold of this here world, baby! And a woman will say: Eat your eggs and go to work. Man say: I got to change my life, I'm choking to death, baby! And his woman say - Your eggs is getting cold!" (Hansberry pp. 33) Here Walter is speaking on not only Ruth but all women holding there men back from pursuing their dreams. Also he believes that women are only interested in certain things and don't think outside of the box to look for the big picture! Walter always had a different dream every day and he was diligent in pursuing them, although most of them didn't work out he at least attempted his all toward them. He just wanted to be successful like the "white man" more specifically own a liquor store.

"No--I wanted to cure. It used to be so important to me. I wanted to cure. It used to matter. I used to care. I mean about people and how their bodies hurt..." (Hansberry pp. 133) Here Beneatha is stating the fact how she wanted to attend medical school so she could become a doctor. How she always felt for people and need and wished she could be able to take care of them. Ever since she was a child where she witnessed her fried cut his face and saw it oozing with blood. She wished she could stitch it up and make him feel better. That where her doctor trait came from. She has put a lot into her education, but the

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