Dreams in a Raisin in the Sun

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Adriana Franco
Mr. Schwab
English I
11 March, 2013
A Raisin in the Sun
In Lorraine Hansberry’s significant novel, A Raisin in the Sun, the Youngers, an African-American family, struggle to maintain happiness and harmony in their middle-class household. The central characters in the novel each has a specific dream or dreams that they strive to make a reality. Lena Younger, also known as Mama, desires a family house where she, her children and grandchild could live comfortably. Ruth, Lena’s daughter-in-law requests to have a better relationship with her husband. Walter Lee Jr., Lena’s son, dreams to own a successful business that would gain great profits, while his sister, Beneatha, wishes to become a doctor. When a check from Lena’s departed husband’s life insurance, consisting $10,000, arrives at their home, they are suddenly closer to archiving their dreams. Though it seemed like a positive, the money was the very purpose for sudden broken bond between the once close family. The novel shows, not only the life of a family struggling in the 1950s during the segregation era, but also many life teachings that could apply to all.

I, as a reader, have learned many themes that are taught throughout the story. One particular theme that could relate to is the value and purpose of dreams. In the story, the Younger’s dreams are the main purpose for most of their actions. For example, Ruth’s

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unexpected pregnancy seemed to jeopardize her dream of preserving a better relationship with Walter, therefore she put a down payment on an abortion. My dreams also have affected my actions, much like the Youngers. A personal dream of mine is to become a major in forensics. In this study field you must exceed in concentration and patients. To prepare myself, I try to begin working on those specific skills, so when I can begin studying in forensics I would master the two major requirements.

As you can see the values and purpose of dreams...
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