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A Raisin in the Sun

by Lorraine Hansberry

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What can be compared and contrasted in A Raisin in the Sun?

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A compare/contrast may be done between characters in A Raisin in the SunFor example, Walter and Beneatha both have dreams of rising above their current socioeconomic situation; however, each has his and her own method of making these dreams come true.  Walter must bear the burden of supporting his family, so his dreams revolve around finding a present career in which he can be successful.  The investment scheme that Willy Harris pitches to him seems a sure-fire way to make money and become an owner in a business.  Beneatha, on the other hand, does not have the same familial responsibility, so she has the opportunity to attend college to further her dreams.  She meets people in college who broaden her perspective, so she has a grander scope to her dreams.  Walter and Beneatha do not recognize the value in the dreams of the other, and as a result, they remain in conflict for much of the play.

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