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DREAMS
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry play, the subject of many revivals over the years, never belonged to the literary caterary category James Baldwin once derided as "protest fiction". It is a race play that exists as a quiet treatise on the economies of loss, asking us to think less about the broad offenses of prejudice and more about the value of familial identity and obligation. The play is about a black family living in south side Chicago. Each member of the family has a dream, a dream that has been put off for some reason. The storyline revolves around an insurance check for $10,000. The check belongs to Mama but each character envisions a different use for the money. Through the events of the play, each person either has their dream realized or caught a glimpse of their dream being fulfilled. I believe that Beneatha, Walter, and Mama each had a quest that they were on that was separate from their dreams.

Beneatha Younger was the loud, intelligent, and fresh-mouthed woman, her dream to be come a doctor and some how raise her people up. When Mama set aside the money for Beneatha's education, Beneatha believed that her dream would be realized. When the money was discovered to be lost, she thought her dream blew up in smoke. This dream wasn't the quest that she was intended to do though, her quest was to find her "African side" and to connect with it. Beneatha started to fulfill this by talking to Asagai (a man from Africa). She told him, "Mr. Asagai-I want every much to talk with you. About Africa. You see, Mr. Aasagai, I am looking for my identity." Asagai becomes her link to Africa for Beneatha, a guide to her roots.

In Act 2 Beneatha starts to show how she connected with her African roots by doing a ceremonial dance. In Act 3 Beneatha has an opportunity to connect more with her roots when Asagai porposes to her. He wants her to go to Africa with him so that she can practice medicine over there. This would be the fulfillment of...