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Beneatha's Dream Essay

808 words - 4 pages

What is a dream? A dream is not just the images seen in your sleep, it is the desire, the want, the need of something happening in your life. Dreams give uou a purpose and a reson to live. Chasing your dreams will help you have courage and independence. A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry, is a play about an African American family in the 1950’s who receive an insurance check of $10,000. Each member of the family has their own dream of what they would like to do with the check. While it is true that Walter’s dream of owning his own liquor store would provide a steady income of money, and Mamas dream would give the family pride of the ownership of a house, Beneatha’s dream is ...view middle of the document...

Beneatha deserves to go to medical school because she’s doing it for not only herself but others, too.
Secondly, going to medical school would enable Beneatha to express her true self. She does not want to be like the rest of her family, she wants to learn everything she can and believes she has a bigger purpose in life. She finds herself becoming less like her family, and they often tease her about her wanting to express herself. "I don't flit. I experiment with different forms of expression." (I, 3, line 1) Beneatha says this because she has often changed hobbies, however she does it to find discover her and to stand for her individuality.
As a final point, Beneatha knows a black woman can do anything anyone else can do. She stands up for herself and what she believes in. When Asagai tells her love should be enough for a woman, she responds with, “I know – because that’s what it says in all the novels that men write. But it isn’t. Go ahead and laugh – but I’m not interested in being someone’s little episode in America or – (With feminine vengeance) – one of them!” (I, 2, line 114) Beneatha argues that she wants to not be defined by the man she may marry someday, but...

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