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A Deferred Dream Essay

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In A Raisin in the Sun, a play by Lorraine Hansberry, all the characters in the Younger family have experienced the hardship that most African-Americans faced, during the 1950s, in the Southside Chicago ghetto. The Youngers had simple desires for decent jobs and a home of their own and hoped to achieve these dreams. However, they have had to put off their dreams because of the struggle of life for them. This left no exception to the Younger family, but Beneatha Younger was an exception. She was on her way to becoming a doctor which was her lifelong dream. By the end of the play, Beneatha learned about real risk and work and accepted it therefore achieving her dream. She was born poor and in a struggling family. Her dreams were always very demanding and almost impossible considering the family’s low income. Beneatha wanted to become a doctor by successfully completing medical school. Beneatha was in pre-medical school. The family’s income was fueled by Walter Lee’s job as a chauffeur and Mama’s and Ruth’s jobs as domestics. This low income was already used to pay for food, clothes, Travis’s education, and the rent for the cramped, poorly conditioned apartment they lived in. However, Beneatha was using some of this money for her college and education. She was smarter than most of her relatives because of her education. Beneatha was confused because she kept on transitioning from hobby to hobby using her family’s money. Beneatha’s view of life, at this point, was that she was accustomed to being assisted by her family. She assumed life would go according to plan. Beneatha’s dream at the beginning of the play had not been deferred, but only because she is relying on her family to continue her dream, medical school. By the end of the play, Beneatha learned about real risk and work and accepted it therefore achieving her dream.
Beneatha’s dream of going to medical school and becoming a doctor was sometimes within grasp with the help of her family friends, and the check. This check was a life insurance check of ten thousand dollars and was from Walter’s deceased father’s life insurance. All of the family members had their own dreams, and this was their best option to make these dreams come true. This check could help pay for Beneatha’s medical school; however, it was up to Mama to decide how to use the money, “The insurance money belongs to Mama,” (p. 38). After Mama used some of the money to buy a house for the family, she entrusted the money to Walter telling him, “Take three thousand dollars and put it in a savings account for Beneatha’s medical schooling,” (p. 106). This shows that a portion of the insurance money was going towards her medical school. This was one major positive contribution to her dream.
The mental status of Beneatha was much like the beginning of the play, confused. She was still using her family’s income to pursue her changing hobbies such as guitar and acting. Mama complained about this saying, “Why you got to flit so from...

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