Raisin in the Sun

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Brittney Torres
12 March 2011
Roser 8
Raisin in the sun essay

Pursuing dreams

People have dreams to be successful in life but they are not aware of the hard work. Chris Gardner, from the movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness” and Walter Younger in the novel, The Raisin in The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry struggle with this problem in pursuing their dreams. “The Pursuit of Happyness” set in San Francisco in the 1980’s, focused on Chris Gardner, a man without money, who was pursing his dreams to make a better life for him and his family. The Raisin in The Sun, set in Chicago in the 1940’s, was about Walter Younger who was also pursuing a dream to open a liquor store to provide for his family. Although many people pursue their dreams, what helps make a person reach their goals is a positive attitude, intelligence and perseverance as evidence but both Chris Gardner and Walter Younger.

Walter is a very negative man; in many ways everything he says is unnecessary. His attitude is not positive, which is key to being successful in pursuing his dreams. This is evident when Walter says “There ain’t no cause- there ain’t nothing but taking in this world, and he who takes most is smartest and it don’t make a damn bit of difference”(Hansberry). Unlike Walter, Chris Gardner is very positive person. He always had something good to say. He even tries to show his son to be a positive person when he says, “don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me.”(Gardner). He knows the effect of a positive attitude and it shows in what is doing to improve his life. Chris has a good outlook throughout the entire story. He knows no matter how hard things get they can always get better. If Walter had the same outlook on life he could be just as successful as Chris.

Chris Gardner is naturally a smart boy, and he had the intelligence. Having natural intelligence can give someone the extra burst they need to get to the point in their life when they are...
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