A Raisin in the Sun Essay

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A Raisin in the Sun Essay

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People have their own versions of goals which lead into different dreams. In Lorraine Hansberry's “A Raisin in the Sun”, she shows how amongst a struggling family, the individuals have different views on dreams. The play revolves around the Younger family who lives in Chicago in 1949. The family is expecting a check for ten thousand dollars coming from the deceased fathers insurance money. Everyone in the family has a different way of wanting to use it. Mama, the mother of the family, wishes to buy a new house to provide a better residence for her family. On the other hand, her son, Walter, wants to go in a completely different route with it and invest it towards a liquor store. Walter and Mama do not see eye to eye due to their different aspirations and although both care deeply for their family, a choice must be made. Mama wishes to accomplish every mothers dream and provide as much as she can for her family and views her husbands tragic death as having a silver lining in this insurance check. As a struggling mother who is barely making it by working for other families, this check presents an opportunity to accomplish her aspirations of providing for her family. Mamas dream of giving her family as much as she can and providing a home for her family seems out of reach until the news of the check comes. She wants to use the check in order to invest in a house for her current family and for generations to come. Like any hopeful mother, she sees that buying a house for her family is a great way to contribute as a mother. However, her son finds her idea impractical because his set of aspirations focus more on long term providing versus short term. Young men who have a family to uphold would jump at any chance to provide for their family. Walter wishes to make an investment that can provide for the whole family in the the long run. He is a younger man with a wife and kid who works as a chauffeur for a rich white men. Walter feels trapped and that he can provide so...
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