A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN: "The theme of the American Dream that pervades the play." Who? What are their dreams? *ALSO* Can someone describe to me the internal and external conflicts of Walter, Ruth,...

A RAISIN IN THE SUN: "The theme of the American Dream that pervades the play." Who? What are their dreams?

*ALSO* Can someone describe to me the internal and external conflicts of Walter, Ruth, Beneatha, and Mama?

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Walter's dream is to be financially successful, which he hopes to accomplish through opening a liquor store with his friend Willy. He works as a chauffeur to wealthy people in Chicago and, at one point in the play, expresses a wish to be as rich as one of the men whom he chauffeurs and to have the money to put pearls around his wife Ruth's neck. There is a conflict between his materialism and doing what is sensible for his family. In other words, it was not at all sensible to trust Willy with half of the money from his father's insurance policy, and it was unfair to give Willy the money without consulting his family.

Beneatha 's dreams are to become a doctor and to achieve a sense of identity that is rooted in Afro-centrism and burgeoning feminism. She does not embrace her mother's values (e.g., she is an atheist), but she is committed to her family's upward mobility, which she seeks through her education. Beneatha's American dream is, thus, rooted in individual freedom and...

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