after receiving the $10,000. The conflict primarily stems from the difference in dreams and the
manner to achieve those dreams. Each of Lena’s children has a different dream and purpose with
the money of their father’s life insurance.
As the story continues, the reader is able to understand the kind of conflict going on in
the play just from the interactions between the family members. In the two pieces, there is a
conflict between two or more members of the family. Some of the nature of these conflicts is
similar while others are significantly variant. The first similarity notable in the two conflicts is
that in both instances, the friction was brought about by the involvement of the parent in their
child’s life. In essence, both parents in the two instances are of the opinion that they play a
significant role in preparing their child’s future. In both instances, still, the children do not accept
to be told what to do, and thus snap. In Raisin in the Sun, Walter and Mama rub shoulders when
Mama tries to sell Walter an idea of a good business he could start. While she wants him to be a
success story in life, Mama does not buy the idea of Walter starting to sell alcohol. Mama is
religious and whatever Walter is looking to venture in is against her strong personal convictions.
Walter, on the hand, is convinced that the alcohol business will sail through and could be the
next big thing. This makes him snap and resort to drinking probably to drawn his sorrows.
Death of a Salesman is not any different in terms of the nature of conflict that plays out between
Willy Loman and his sons especially Biff. Biff’s father, Like Mama to Walter, wants to be a key
player in his son’s life. Like mama, Willy wants the best for his son and even suggests a business
for him to start, which he rejects citing that the job is not consistent with what he wants for
himself in life (Hansberry, 2007). Even though both Willy and Biff want Biff to be successful,
they do not agree on what the American dream is. This is the source of their conflict.