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In "A Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes, how is the theme of A Raisin in the Sun...

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mbitang2000 | Honors

Posted December 12, 2011 at 1:12 AM via web

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In "A Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes, how is the theme of A Raisin in the Sun introduced?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 12, 2011 at 4:11 AM (Answer #1)

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Dreams are of course a central aspect of this famous play, and the differing dreams of the characters and how they stand in conflict with each other and seem to act as barriers to prevent the accomplishment of those dreams is a key theme. You might find it interesting to note that this play is dedicated by the author to her mother, "in gratitude for the dream." Quite clearly the poem relates to the way in which dreams are related to racial equality and what happens if you hold fast to that dream for so long without any hope of achieving it. The final line of the poem, which asks whether the dream deferred for too long simply "explodes" in some kind of implosion of stress and anger and frustration perfectly captures the way that the dreams of the Younger family and the barriers that oppose their fulfilment seem to threaten to rip the Younger family apart. Let us remember that it is the accomplishment of the dream of having their own house that places them in conflict with Karl Lindner and his association that seems to present the Younger family with an ultimatum that will lead to their dream not only being deferred, but almost dying. Dreams, then, are central to the play as a whole, and the way in which each actor achieves his dream indicates the way that clinging onto our dreams no matter what the opposition can help achieve those dreams.

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