Describe the idea of the American Dream in A Raisin in the Sun. How does that dream differ from Beneatha to Walter to Mama? Why?

In A Raisin in the Sun, the idea of the American Dream differs for Beneatha, Walter, and Mama because of their individual personalities as well as their gender, age, marital status, and family position.

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A Raisin in the Sun presents three generations of the Younger family, whose visions of success vary according to personal differences among individuals as well as characteristics associated with social categories. Lena Younger, usually referred to as Mama, is a widow and the family matriarch. Beneatha and Walter are siblings, but Beneatha is fifteen years younger than her brother, so she can be considered part of a different generation. The siblings are similarly headstrong and highly motivated, but their goals differ. Their mother is primarily invested in her ability to help the other family members succeed.

The twenty-year-old Beneatha is an extroverted, highly curious person who has benefited from being the younger child in a loving, supportive family. In pursuing education and self-development, she has resisted long-term commitment such as marriage and parenthood. Coming of age in the post–World War II era and the early years of nationwide Civil Rights activism has helped her gain...

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