A Raisin in the Sun Comparison to Martin Luther King Jr.

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Common Dreams
A dream is to envision another life or characteristic that could be better or worse than what the person already has. In the case of most people it is a dream that is positive. People mainly are selfish dreamers who dream only about themselves but there are some who dream about the world or others such as friends and family. Two examples of these types of dreamers are Mama from the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “I Have a Dream”. In Dr. King’s speech he brings up that his dream is not only for him but for others with the same problem. He is a caring dreamer, one who believes others come first then himself. Mama is also a dreamer of this sort. Her dreams are for her family and the well being of them.

Even though Mama’s dream is not as deep or motivational as Dr. King, it is still a non selfish dream. Mama’s dream was to get a house that was more suitable to live in. The current house that the Youngers live in was dirty and small. People were cramped and the grandson was living on the couch that had plastic coverings. It was highly uncomfortable and not a proper house for five people. Therefore Mama’s dream of having better living qualities was a smart investment. Mama once said, “Them houses they put up for colored in them areas way out all seem to cost twice as much as other houses. I did the best I could”. Mama thinks she chose the best option for the family and she did. This can be related to Marin Luther King Jr.’s dream as well. He dreamt of a world where black and whites and all races would live in peace. He envisioned that there would be no hate because of skin tone or place of origin. He dreamt that “We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one” (“I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr.) By this line he meant that they should not stop fighting for equal rights until they move out of little suburban areas classified as ghettos...
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