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A Raisin in the Sun
In the 1950s, the American dream was nearly materialism. One thing that is yet to change
from this period’s perspective is that the American dream is still today thought as financial
success. Every American deserves a kind of change in his or her life, and each man has the right
to acquire properties and pursue happiness. The American dream is evident in the play, A Raisin
in the Sun and the author depicts the struggle that African American families undergo to beat the
poverty line. Their struggle at times hinders their financial stability, and ultimately, their
American dream.
One of the major themes presented in A Raisin in the Sun is the theme of searching for our
own individual vision of the "American Dream." What are the "dreams deferred" by
Mama, Ruth, Beneatha, and Walter, and what commentary do you think Hansberry is
making on the concept of the "American Dream" through her representation of the
dreams of these characters?
Each character, Mama, Ruth, Beneatha, and Walter have a different version of the
American dream. Each of them wants to pursue a different goal in life. The family lives in a two-
bedroom house, and their economic status is very low. The low earnings and racial prejudices

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lead to conflict in the family. Mama shares her deceased husband’s dream of owning a home.
When the family is paid USD 10,000 from Mr. Younger insurance policy Mama cannot think of
anything more than owning the house she and her husband had always desired. This is her
version of fulfilling the American dream. Beneatha, Mama’s daughter looks up to the same
money in achieving her dream. She wants to join medical school and become a doctor. The goals
are too high for an African American lady at this time.
Walter thinks of investing in a liquor business, which will help him realize his American
dream. He wants to satisfy the needs of his family, and in this respect, he yearns to acquire
material wealth. He also longs for high status, which he needs to achieve through business
success. However, he fails at last. Walter’s wife Ruth, version of the American dream is owning
a home and shares this dream with mama. She has been sleeping on the couches because there
were no more beds in the house. Through representing these dreams, Hansberry wants to depict
that American dream means different things to different people. Success is also defined uniquely
in this manner; some realize it while other fails. Most importantly, the author desires to show that
some Americans have clanged to the false American dream. Instead of realizing it, they sink into
more poverty.
The character of Asagai is a representation of celebrating African culture and
Afrocentrism. Analyze Asagai’s conversations with Beneatha and the rest of her family.
What does Hansberry suggest about the relations of Africans and African Americans in the
late 1950’s? What does she also suggest about class tensions within the African American
community?

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Surname 1 Name Course Tutor Date “A Raisin in the Sun” In the 1950s, the American dream was nearly materialism. One thing that is yet to change from this period’s perspective is that the American dream is still today thought as financial success. Every American deserves a kind of change in his or her life, and each man has the right to acquire properties and pursue happiness. The American dream is evident in the play, A Raisin in the Sun and the author depicts the struggle that African American families undergo to beat the poverty line. Their struggle at times hinders their financial stability, and ultimately, their American dream. One of the major themes presented in A Raisin in the Sun is the theme of searching for our own individual vision of the "American Dream." What are the "dreams deferred" by Mama, Ruth, Beneatha, and Walter, and what commentary do you think Hansberry is m ...
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