Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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Dreams Unfold Nightmares Come True The American dream is the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative (web). Whether it is love, fame, or wealth the concept of the American dream still exits in today's presence. Every person in some form of aspect wants to be financially stable in their life. In the American dream that will never go away is that people need to earn something in their life and reach out to try to achieve it. I read a play A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry. This play shows an African-American family having a hard time being stable in the financial field, staying very poor and hindering them from reaching their dream,…show more content…
Being financially stable can sometimes make you feel like you have power, can give you the ability to live a better and positive life, and even gain another person's respect. By being financially stable you can live better because you can put clothes on your family back, don’t have to worry about where your next meal is coming from, or even question will all the bills be paid on time. This relates to A Raisin in the Sun because with the insurance money that their family has received with the passing of their father Walter Lee wants to get the money to invest and open a liquor store. With this new liquor store Walter is wanting to open, he is dreaming to better his life and his family's. After Lena purchased the house she gave the rest of the money to Walter and she wants him to be responsible and be the man of the house and do the right thing with the money. She tells him that it is sixty-five hundred dollars left and that she wants him to put three thousand in a savings account for his sister Beneatha's schooling, and the rest in a account with his name on it so that he can control what comes in and out. Instead of doing what his mama said Walter goes and gives the money to his friend so that the plan of investing in the liquor store can get started, but crookedly the friend takes all of Walter's money and runs away with it. You are able to gain respect from others by having money, it can seem hysterical because you could of never thought that having a certain amount of currency could allow people to obtain respect from another person. Walter wanted the quickest route to reach the American dream of being successful without putting in hardly any hard work to reach it. As to see his plan backfired and put not only him, his whole family into jeopardy by spending all the insurance money they had. Also by being wealthy others will not look at you differently or look down on you as to say “one
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