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What can be compared and contrasted in A Raisin in the Sun.  

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phylec | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 20, 2009 at 4:20 AM via web

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What can be compared and contrasted in A Raisin in the Sun.


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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 28, 2010 at 7:34 PM (Answer #1)

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A compare/contrast may be done between characters in A Raisin in the Sun.  For example, Walter and Beneatha both have dreams of rising above their current socioeconomic situation; however, each has his and her own method of making these dreams come true.  Walter must bear the burden of supporting his family, so his dreams revolve around finding a present career in which he can be successful.  The investment scheme that Willy Harris pitches to him seems a sure-fire way to make money and become an owner in a business.  Beneatha, on the other hand, does not have the same familial responsibility, so she has the opportunity to attend college to further her dreams.  She meets people in college who broaden her perspective, so she has a grander scope to her dreams.  Walter and Beneatha do not recognize the value in the dreams of the other, and as a result, they remain in conflict for much of the play.

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