What is the connection between Langston Hughes's "Harlem (A Dream Deferred)" and the central theme of Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun?

Both Langston Hughes's "Harlem (A Dream Deferred)" and Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun explore the effects on Black people of being excluded from the American Dream. The works directly connect in that Hansberry took her title from Hughes's poem.

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The connection between Langston Hughes's poem "Harlem (A Dream Deferred)" and the play (Lorraine Hansberry derived the title of her play A Raisin in the Sun from the poem) is that both revolve around the difficulty, in many cases the near impossibility, for African Americans to achieve what is euphemistically called the “American Dream.”

This difficulty becomes apparent when members of the Younger family strive to realize their dreams but face seemingly insurmountable obstacles and constraints are central themes of the play. Mama's dream is to own a home. This dream has been unobtainable because she has never been able to save enough money to make a down payment. The lack of funds is also the stumbling block for other Youngers. For instance, Beneatha would like to become a doctor but does not have the money to pay for medical school. Walter would like to be a small business owner but does not have the funds to purchase or launch a business. Walter’s frustration about his slim chances of...

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