In the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry you return in time to when partition was still aloud. In this play you satisfy a cast of individuals with dreams of a much better life. The American Dream, to be particular. This dream is portrayed differently for each character, all of which effect the play. 2 of these character’s are Walter Lee Younger and Lena Younger. In Raisin in the Sun Mom and Walter’s American dreams dispute and effect the household through materialism and desire to be the ideal American family in society.
Mother and Walter both desire to attend to their household. They both take a look at cash as success. When the $10,000 insurance check comes along, Mom sees it as a possibility for her family to finally live up and be more like the rest of the American society. She aspires to look after her family, by giving them a home, a vehicle, and most of all- joy.
Walter on the other hand becomes obsessed with his imagine service, which he believes will result in monetary independence to attend to his household.
He feels ashamed when he can’t give money to his kid. When Travis requests for fifty cents and Ruth tells him they do not have it, Walter offers him fifty cents anyway. “In truth, here’s another fifty cents … Buy yourself some fruit today- or take a taxicab to school or something”( 12) He desires his kid Travis to appreciate him. He includes another fifty to make this more genuine or true. This also shows how Walter takes a look at money as success. Walter believes this will hold true if he has his dream of owning his own company or all in all- wealth.
Success to both them means that they no longer have to have a hard time, and live up to what people perceive. Mom identifies herself from Walter when it pertains to materialistic matters. The very first thing mom does when she gets the insurance coverage cash is buy a house for her household. This shows how the capitalistic society is having a materialistic result on Mom. Mama’s dream consists of a home and happy household. Mother’s plant is a perfect indication of her dream. It signifies her household in a manner. When the family is down, the plant is down.
Mother is continuously in protection of the plant, in hopes of holding on to her dream. Walter in comparison is constantly seeming somebody and make it in life. Walter sees wealth as the only solution to this. He longs for financial backing. He ends up being corrupted by society -to find his identity through money. Walter informs his mother, “I desire so many things”( 60 ). This reveals his greediness. All in all Mama and Walters dreams both include cash. Mom shows us her longing for the approval of society when she right away buys a home in a white community, to attend to her household.
Walter shows us his desperation to be a valuable human being when he takes money in hopes of beginning his liquor company. Walter wants to be respected and live a happy lifestyle for this household. He longs to be the head of the household. Walter see’s himself with a liquor shop as having power. It isn’t till completion until he reassesses the worths of himself and his household’s future about how there is more to living than just having product riches. Mother only desires her household to be appreciated and measure up to what society views.
No matter what you perceive The American Dream to be, it is possible to achieve it and succeed. The American Dream is whatever your imagine success perceives to be. Hansberry demonstrates how tough it was for colored people to find their identities throughout segregated times. Walter and Mama learn that money does not have much when it comes by itself. In Raisin in the Sun Mother and Walter’s American dreams differentiate and affect the family through their wanting to be accepted in society and live in peace. Anybody in this nation can undertake joy and success if they work at it.