Throughout the world of literature, there are often many recurring themes. One such theme is the freedom that African Americans yearned for. Two works that this theme is presented in is Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the novel Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry. One similarity between A Raisin in the Sun and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is the dream of being treated equally. Walter and Dr. King both have big ambitions and are prepared to do anything to have their dreams recognized. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Walter mentions to Mama how the main goal of the black peoples was to get out of slavery. With this goal obviously accomplished, the new problem was segregation. Dr. King knew that this would be a problem as he states, “But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on the lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” Walter always complains how he wishes to live the American Dream like the white people do. Walter displays his desire for this dream by putting all of his money that Mama gives him to his friend Willy to put toward his business that Walter want to start with Willy and Bobo. Sadly, Willy was not going to help with the business at all and take all of Walter money.
Another recurring similarity these pieces of literature share is the purpose and importance of dreams. In King’s “I have a dream speech”, King talks about his hope that blacks and white will be treated equally. Similarly, Walter desires to live the American Dream and to be a successful business man. These dreams are very important to Walter and the affect his life. He loses all his money to have a shot at his dream and in the end, he ends up as poor as he was in...
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