A Rasin in the Sun Essay

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Each of the characters in the Younger family has a particular individual dream. One wants to move to a bigger home, one wants to attend medical school, one wants to rise above his conditions though does not necessarily have a plan to do so. Each person’s dream serves an important psychological function (i.e.: hope, motivation, direction) for the character; however, the dreams also divide the characters, creating conflict among them. Every one of the characters in “The Raisin in the Sun” had a dream which involved an insurance check they received after the death of Lena’s husband. Lena dreamed to have a home of her own and to see her children accomplish their own dreams and Beneatha dreamed to become a doctor and to find the correct way to “express” herself. Ruth dreamed to be wealthy and have a happy family and Walter dreamed one day to be the owner of a business and become a "real man". It is these dreams that serve to explain the personality of the characters, provide a meaningful context for the development and decline of conflicts between them, and help the readers either admire or revile them. Beneatha’s dream to become a doctor was related for her desire to find her true identity— an independent woman free from the stereotypical house-working woman by becoming successful without relying on a man, an anti-assimilation idealist who was against embracing the white American culture and argued the need for African Americans to pride themselves on and celebrate their real heritage and roots from Africa, and an intellectual who believed that education was a tool primarily for an increase in understanding rather than money— and her solution (her dream) was to attend college, at least initially, and become a doctor. In the end, this self-indulging dream became a far outcry of failure (when Walter spent her share of the money from the insurance check on his own

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