A Deferred Dream

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In A Raisin in the Sun, a play by Lorraine Hansberry, all the characters in the Younger family have experienced the hardship that most African-Americans faced, during the 1950s, in the Southside Chicago ghetto. The Youngers had simple desires for decent jobs and a home of their own and hoped to achieve these dreams. However, they have had to put off their dreams because of the struggle of life for them. This left no exception to the Younger family, but Beneatha Younger was an exception. She was on her way to becoming a doctor which was her lifelong dream. By the end of the play, Beneatha learned about real risk and work and accepted it therefore achieving her dream. She was born poor and in a struggling family. Her dreams were always very demanding and almost impossible considering the family’s low income. Beneatha wanted to become a doctor by successfully completing medical school. Beneatha was in pre-medical school. The family’s income was fueled by Walter Lee’s job as a chauffeur and Mama’s and Ruth’s jobs as domestics. This low income was already used to pay for food, clothes, Travis’s education, and the rent for the cramped, poorly conditioned apartment they lived in. However, Beneatha was using some of this money for her college and education. She was smarter than most of her relatives because of her education. Beneatha was confused because she kept on transitioning from hobby to hobby using her family’s money. Beneatha’s view of life, at this point, was that she was accustomed to being assisted by her family. She assumed life would go according to plan. Beneatha’s dream at the beginning of the play had not been deferred, but only because she is relying on her family to continue her dream, medical school. By the end of the ...

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...ssons Beneatha learned to overcome her negative attitude.

In conclusion, Beneatha started out a little immature and was used to being assisted and not working for her dream. After the money disappeared, she had a negative attitude towards this because she thought she couldn’t go to medical school. Asagai came in and told her about idealism vs. realism and that she should be an idealist so that she could move forward in life. Beneatha accepted this advice and understood about how she shouldn’t just sit there and let other people do her work. She understood that she had to work and fulfill her own dream mostly by herself. This advice could help her move forward in life and to keep on pursuing her dream. By the end of the play, Beneatha learned about real risk and work and accepted it therefore achieving her dream.

Works Cited
A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
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