Dreams: a Raisin in the Sun and Younger Family

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“It is unfulfilled dreams that keep you alive.” When a dream it unfulfilled someone can make room for a new dream that they can set themselves out to achieve. Unfulfilled dreams may not always lead straight to the end result of happiness, but those unfulfilled dreams are what keep people alive. In A Raisin in the Sun, A play about the Younger family, a black struggling to create a better life for them, some characters dreams are not met the way they intended them to. Although the characters unfulfilled dreams do not lead to the best thing right away, it is the unfulfilled dreams that keep them alive. In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, the Younger family's actions teach readers that unfulfilled dreams can cause breaks in relationships. Walter causes a break in his relationship with Mama, his mother, when his dream of opening a successful liquor store does not come true. Walter is a main character in A Raisin in the Sun, who lives with his wife, Ruth, sister, Beneatha, and son, Travis, in a small apartment in Chicago. Walter has always had a dream of opening a successful liquor store but that one dream causes pain for many members of his family. For instance, when Walter finds out that his mother spent the insurance money she earned from her husband’s death on a new house and gave some of the money to Beneatha, Walters younger sister, he feels as if his dreams of opening a successful liquor store were over. From that point on Walter leaves the apartment to get drunk with his buddies and look for happiness somewhere else. Walter feels as if his Mother does not trust him and he gets very upset with her. Every time Mama tries to talk to Walter about anything he is not responsive. In Act 1, Scene 2, Mama is trying to talk to Walter about how he is always leaving the house, and Walter just says, “You just don’t understand mama, you just don’t understand,” (Hansberry 74) because he does not take anything his mother says into consideration. Even when Walter...
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