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A Raisin in the Sun
“A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry is a play centered around an African-American family on the Southside of Chicago set after World War II. This groundbreaking play was the first of its kind revolving around the race relations of the middle of the twentieth century. This play has won over many hearts and minds with its intense drama and relevant storyline. This play’s title is off the poem “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, where Mr. Hughes contemplates on what happens to a dream deferred “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” This play’s main theme is dreams of each of the characters. Each character has their own version of how they want the future to be. Also each dream is centered on how the role of money is going to get them there. This essay will establish commentary on how the dreams of each of the characters is related to the title of the play and also the role of money affecting each of the characters. “A Raisin in the Sun” is about a family on the verge of receiving a $10,000 payment from the insurance company after the passing of the former head of the household Walter Sr. The family consists of Walter Lee, his wife Ruth and son Travis, Mama, Beneatha (Walter’s sister). They all live together in a cramped apartment with Travis sleeping on the couch. Each of them have a plan for the money but not everything happens on point as they would like to. Mama wants to buy a new home to complete a dream she had with with her husband. Walter Lee believes that they should buy a liquor store and that would put them out of poverty. Ruth also shares a dream with Mama but she really just wants a better place for Travis to grow up in. Beneatha really just wants for Mama to spend the money on whatever her heart desires, but knows that Mama’s desire is to help pay for Beneathas medical school. With everybody having their own version of a dream, soon they start clashing over their competing dreams. Then after Mama goes out, she puts a down payment on a home in a good neighborhood. She then gives Walter some money to look after and to help pay for Beneatha's school. He instead gives the money to his buddy and he runs off with the money. To add insult to injury, the head of the neighborhood welcoming committee comes bearing an offer. He tells them that they would be willing to buy them out on the home because they are unwanted. Walter quickly devises a plan to accept the offer from the man but has a change of heart when Mama forces him to do it in front of his son. He gives an eloquent speech and refuses the offer. Then in the ending of the play, they all move. The play opens with Walter Lee waking up and arguing with his wife. Walter is trying to convince his wife Ruth to envision his dream. Which is to enter a joint partnership with his friends to open a liquor store. Walter works as a chauffeur for a wealthy white man and is tired of seeing the extravagant lifestyles of the rich. Walter is agitated by the fact of their poverty and wants to get out of the predicament he’s living in. Ruth is especially mad at the fact that Walter is having friends over late and calls his friends “loudmouths”. Walter rebuts and tells her of how his other friend was considered a loudmouth and now is grossing over a hundred thousand dollars a year in the dry cleaning business that Walter failed to enter in. Later on, we see Walter making a verbal contract with his friends for the $10,000. Once Ruth tells Mama about Walter’s dream to get out of being poor by opening a liquor store, Mama quickly refuses to agree with him. His mother tells Ruth that they were not meant to do business or even selling liquor. After Mama refuses to side with Walter, he throws a tantrum and walks out. Eventually he finds out that his mother decided to pursue her dream to buy a house. She hands Walter $6,500 and to look after only $3,500 because the other $3,000 would be for someone else. Walter decides to...
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