18 April 2016
The American Dream
A Raisin in the Sun focuses on the financial struggles of the 1950’s, when hit with a 10,000 dollar life insurance check, each family member had their own idea of what the money should be spent on. The family in the play, Yongers’, are an African American family who live in the 50s. The Youngest’ harbor in the same materialistic dreams as the rest of American society. The Yongers’ have a vision of their own American Dream. The American dream is based solely off of the mind set, if one works hard, one can achieve goals to the highest of its potential. Before WWII in the 1930s the American Dream had been focused on men working and providing for their families. Post WWII around 1940 consumerism and feminism started to make way. Around the 1950 the American Dream was the new idea of opportunity (Ultra Swank)
When the play opens, Walter is introduced as a dreamer. His plan for his deceased father 's insurance money is to invest it and by a liquor store venture. Walters plan for the American dream is to be rich, and acquire wealth through others. Throughout the play Walter provides the input of what an average African-American male would see and do in the 50s. In Act 1 Scene 1, Walter begins by saying, “That 's it. There you are. Man say to his woman: I got me a dream. His women say: Eat your eggs. Man say: I got to take hold of this here world baby! And a women will say: Eat your eggs and go to work. Man say: I got to change my life, I’m choking to death, baby! And his women say --- Your eggs are getting cold!” (Hansberry). Throughout the play Walter tries his best to convince everyone that the liquor store would be the best investment for the ...
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