Raisin In The Sun Essay

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“Three American Dreams. Different but the same.” Book: A Raisin in the Sun Every person in this world has a dream. A dream that they one day wish to fulfill. In the book A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, many of the characters, if not all, have a dream. Their dreams may sound alike, but they are very different. Walter, Ruth, and Beneatha Younger all lived under the same roof, but their dreams were all different. The dreams of Walter, Ruth, and Beneatha show us that despite great obstacles, the American Dream is still possible. One of the characters with a dream is Walter Lee Younger. Walters dream is to invest in a liquor store with the money his mother is acquiring from the insurance company. Walter also wants to have the money so that he can afford things for his family. However; the rest of Walters’s family has their own ideas on how they think the money should be spent. The quote Walter says in Act 1 Scene 2: “I want so many things that they are driving me kind of crazy…Mama – look at me.” shows Walters desires are starting to get complicated and may start to become dangerous to him. Dreaming big may have its pros, but cons will definitely follow. Following that idea, another quote Walter says in Act 3 Scene 1 is: "We have decided to move into our house because my father—my father—he earned it for us brick by brick. We don’t want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no causes, and we will try to be good neighbors. And that’s all we got to say about that. We don’t want your money." Walter clearly has decided to take responsibility by speaking for his family with this decision. I honestly think their decision to move in the house, shows that they don’t care what others think about them in Clybourne Park. They want to start a better life, and they won’t let anyone get in their way. However, Walter was not the

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