A Dream Deffered

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“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” These quotes lines from Langston Hughes’s poem, “Harlem: A Dream Deferred”, have significant meanings. This poem that Langston Hughes wrote can be closely related to Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun”. There are many themes throughout this play that is relates to the poem, but one major theme that connects both the poem and the play is the value and purpose of having dreams. In the poem “Harlem: A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, Hughes is trying to address what happens to a person when their dreams are postponed or destroyed. In the poem Hughes also used figurative language such as “Fester like a sore – And then run” to describe the negative situations that may occur when one’s dreams have been destroyed. The play “A Raisin in the Sun” written by Lorraine Hansberry is about a poor black family named the Youngers family. The Youngers are awaiting the arrival of an insurance check for $10,000. The money is coming from the deceased Mr. Younger, the family is waiting to receive his life insurance check. Each adult in the household thinks that the money should be spent on trying to make their dreams a reality. Walter would like the entire check to invest in a liquor store with his friends Willy and Bobo. Beneatha would like the money to pay for medical school, so she can achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. Mama and Ruth both would like to use the money to buy and own a house, so the family can move out of the apartment. As the play continues we start to see that the head of the family Walter starts to become obsessed with money. When Walter finds out that Mama won’t give him all of the money, he starts to behave almost like a child. Throughout the play the family faces many struggles throughout this play. These problems test the family’s patience, tolerance, and love for each other. In both Lorraine Hansberry’s play and Langston Hughes’s poem a major theme is the...
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