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babsp24 | Student, College Freshman | Honors

Posted April 19, 2013 at 12:01 AM via web

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What could serve as an introductory sentence for a research paper on how "Breakaway" is connected to A Raisin in the Sun?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM (Answer #1)

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The need to "make a wish, take a chance, and make a change" is reflective of the vision of the American Dream that is featured in Hansberry's work.  This might be something along the lines of an opening to linking the Clarkson song with the ideas in A Raisin in the Sun.  The focal point of the chorus in the song resonates with the plight of Hansberry's characters.  The idea of ensuring that risk is present in order to achieve the reward of a dream is embedded in the characters of the play.

The characters in the play represent Clarkson's idea from the song's chorus.  Beneatha takes a risk in order to seek her own self- definition.  Walter has to take this chance with his dreams of opening a liquor store and then embracing the family's move to Clybourne Park, rejecting Lindner's money.  Mama Younger understands that this particular moment in her family's history is important.  She has to take the risk of purchasing the house in order to save her own dream of her family remaining together.  It is here in which one sees how specific characters in the drama represent an elemental idea expressed in the song's chorus.

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