Discuss the changing aspect of the American Dream as it revealed in the play, A Raisin in the Sun.The American Dream is a concept that is ever changing in the minds of its citizens.  How does this...

Discuss the changing aspect of the American Dream as it revealed in the play, A Raisin in the Sun.

The American Dream is a concept that is ever changing in the minds of its citizens.  How does this concept influence ;ives and belief of the characters in the play?

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The answer to this question depends entirely on your conception of the American Dream.

Some would disagree with the premise that the American Dream is always changing and suggest instead that it is an unchanging sense of an individual's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness without arbitrary contraints of birth or inherited limitations. From the beginning of the American experiment, (financial and material) self-determination has been the cornerstone of the American Dream. Perhaps it is the most enduring definition of this shared dream.

We can see this idea in both the Younger children, Beneatha and Walter, in A Raisin in the Sun, as they both look to assert their right to a fair chance at success and social mobility.

If the American Dream has changed over the years, it has changed only to allow more people access to the promises it implies. Like the Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun, the American Dream applies to all Americans now, not just the landed gentry as it did during the antebellum years of our democracy.

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