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A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

791 words - 4 pages

In a house with five people, everyone has different dreams. With a ten thousand dollar life insurance check on its way, which dream will come true? Due to so many different dreams and ideas, tensions are high in the Younger household. Everyone wants he money to go towards their dream. Along with the power to crush a dream, Mama has the power to choose whose dream will "dry up like a raisin in the sun" (Hughes 2-3). Mama has the power to choose if she will honor what her husband, Big Walter, wanted what she wants, and what is best for the family, or if she will choose her son, Walter Lee's, dream.
Walter Lee's dream for himself is to own a liquor store. In order for his dream to be ...view middle of the document...

Walter's dream changes from possible to highly unlike along with his family being very upset with him. To conclude, Walter's dream is causing him to be a selfish, uncaring person. On the other hand, Mama wants what is best for the family.
Mama has had a dream for a long time to buy a house with a garden for her family to enjoy. She has wanted better living conditions for her family for a long time. Unfortunately, her dreams have been put on hold. Fortunately though, Mama's dream can be revived with work and energy, "or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet" (Hughes 7-8). "Been thinking that we could meet the notes on a little old two-story somewhere with a yard where Travis could play in the summertime..." (Hansberry 44). Mamas goal in life is to make her kids happy and see them succeed. Her selfless dream combined with control over the money make a new house a very likely option for the family. It is clearly seen that there is a major conflict with dreams between Walter and Mama.
Walter Lee and Mama don't see eye to eye on their dreams. Walter Lee's dream of owning a liquor...

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