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The Harsh Reality In A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

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A plain green balloon floated in a dark and lonely space. Wasted and old it floats there. Doomed to be there for eternity. Loneliness made it look washed and used. No recognition from anyone. Suddenly, the frightening lonely space got the first glimpse of light. The poor balloon tried to float toward the light. But it did not know that the light was nothing but a hallucination. The girl woke up and realized that it was nothing but a dream. Such a sad dream too thought the little girl. Dreams are the enigma of life. For many centuries ancient scholars debated whether dreams can be helpful or harmful. Many great authors wrote pieces of literature about dreams. But none can be compared to A ...view middle of the document...

She thinks that this dream can change people and that is really important to her. Just curing and fixing up someone is enough for Beneatha to make her feel great. By the same token, Homura from the movie The Rebellion also had a dream that gave a purpose to her. Homura has a dream that she will always meet someone that could understand her. Then, Homura meets a girl and the two start a friendship. However the girl passes away and Homura feels that she has no purpose anymore. But Homura keeps going because she believes that her friend would like that and have a happy life. Even though her dream of having a friend is taken she still has a dream that someday they will meet. This dream of meeting her again keeps Homura alive and sane to some degree. With nothing left, Homura believes that this dream is the only purpose for living. This dream makes her grey world have a little more color. Without a dream Homura says she would not have any reason to keep living. In both of these examples, it can be seen that a dream makes the dreamers have a purpose in life.
Of course dreams can give a purpose, but dreams make the dreamers have high expectations that are impossible. This could make the dreamer depressed. For example, Walter has a dream to invest in a liquor store. He tells George Murchison about wanting to be own the world and wanting to provide for his family. Walter wants George to understand. He rants about turning the city upside down and having big ideas about the city. His madness about wanting to go big can be seen, when he says “Listen, man, I got some plans that could turn this city upside down.”(Hansberry 84). Walter thinks that owning a liquor store could turn a city upside down. He has high expectations of himself and believes that thinking big is the only way of being a man. While thinking big is not a bad idea, he only puts himself in a failure position. His dreams makes him have high expectations for himself and his family. This will ultimately lead to obsession. One of the most negative sides is that when the dream fail Walter will not take his failure very hard. One of the example of having a high expectations is when George from Of Mice and Man written by John Steinbeck has a dream of owning a land fails. The dream itself of owning a land is a high expectations for George and Lennie. George after finding Curley’s wife dead explains to Candy that somewhere on his mind he knew that he would never own a land. Candy laments and begs to just keep quiet, but Lennie sadly replies”-I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we’d never do her” (Steinbeck 94). George knows from the beginning that he did not have a chance. However his dream of owning a land is delusional and he thinks that could actually achieve the dream. The dream makes George have high expectations that could not be fulfilled. This dream also affects Lennie. George has an expectation that Lennie could actually...

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