Language Arts

In class writing
By Alyssa Cowan

What dose happen to a dream when it is forgotten about?
"What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?…"
-A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes
This poem is what Langston Hughes thinks happens to a dream when it is forgotten about. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is about a family that lives in South Side Chicago. They have to live with issues that are as small as differences in generations (there are 7 generations all living in the same house)to as big as civil rights and women rights. Everyone in this play has dreams. some of there dreams are small and some are large. Some are hard to reach and some are within reach. the character that I am going to tell you about is Walter Lee Younger. Walter is married to Ruth and is Beneatha (Bennie)'s sister. his son is Travis. In the beginning of the play Walter is a rude and selfish person who dreams of owning a liquor store but at the end of the play he becomes a proud man that sticks up for his family.

In the beginning of the play all the Walter wants is to own a liquor store he doesn't care about Bennie and how she wants to be a doctor. He doesn't care about Mama and her dream about having a new big house he just wants that liquor store. I know that Walter wants a liquor store is on page 33. " 'You see, this little liquor store we got in mind cost seventy-five thousand and we figured the initial investment on the place be 'bout thirty thousand, see." This shows that Walter really wants a liquor store. He is willing to pay the thirty-thousand initial dollars so that Bennie can't go to collage to become a doctor and that they can't buy a nice new house.

In the middle of the play when the check from the insurance company comes the first thing that it gets used for is to buy a house that they will move into. After the house is bought then Mama gives Walter the rest of the money and tells him to put $3,000 into Bennie's savings account so that she can go to collage and that he can have the rest. On page 107 is where Mama is trusting Walter with his big job. The quote is "I want you to take this money and take three thousand dollars and put it in a savings account for Beneatha's medical schooling. The rest you put in a checking account-with your name on it." Instead of putting the $3,000 into the bank like he was supposed to he takes all of the money and invests the money in the liquor store venture. Later on in the book Bobo tells the Younger Family that Willy (the liquor store venture) has run off with all of Walters' invested insurance money.

At the end of the play Walter learns that he doesn't really need to have a liquor store when he has a family to look after. He realizes this on page 148 when Mr. Lindner is back to see if the Youngers have decided to move into there new house or not. Walter shows Mr. Lindner that he is the boss of the house and that you can't scare him when he says,"And we have decided to move into our house because my father-my father- he earned it for us brick by brick." This shows how Walter has changed his dream, but not forgotten his dream about owning a liquor store someday, but has for now found something else that is better in the end.

In the beginning of the play Walter is a rude and selfish person who dreams of owning a liquor store but at the end of the play he becomes a proud man that sticks up for his family. this shows how Walter has grown and how his dreams have changed.

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