Raisin In The Sun: The American Dream

971 Words4 Pages
The American dream of the 1950’s still has validity today, whether that be wealth, fame, or love. One consistent belief of the American dream is that everyone deserves something in their life that they really desire, and if they use extreme effort to achieve something, they will achieve it. In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorainne Hansberry, the theme of the American dream is constantly mentioned. Walter Lee Young, the most important character in the play, is a passionate and ambitious man. Walter can be most easily connected to the beliefs of the American dream because of his own, similar dreams of gaining a lifestyle with higher quality and becoming wealthy. One of the reasons why Walter is most in line with the American dream is because of his…show more content…
There is a clear tone of excitement as he babbles about how different the future would be after completing the successful investment in the store. Before investing in the liquor store, Walter is not satisfied with his job of chauffeuring other people. He regards his job of chauffeuring in a negative way, saying that it “ain’t no kind of job… that ain’t nothing at all” (Hansberry 73). He also states: “I open and close car doors all day long. I drive a man around in his limousine and I say “yes, sir; no, sir; very good, sir; shall I take the Drive, sir?” (Hansberry 73). From Walter’s depictions of his job, it is visible that his job is inadequate for him; he is clearly not enjoying his job. Walter believes that the amount of respect he gives to the man that he is chauffeuring is ridiculous. He thinks he deserves that kind of respect from everyone else, and concludes that he can acquire that respect by investing in the liquor store. This delineates the value of opulence to Walter, as well as his belief that wealth will gain him respect and a better reputation. Thus, likewise to the ideologies of the American dream, Walter strives for his own goal of becoming wealthy and
Open Document