Raisin in the sun
Everyone has dreams; everyone has goals they want to accomplish. Some know what it is instantly and some take time to realize what they want to do. But not everyone will achieve their dreams and some, because of sad circumstances lose their grip on their dream and fall into a state of disappointment. Langston Hughes poem relates to the dreams of Mama, Ruth, and Walter in Lorraine Hansberrys play A Raisin in the Sun.
Ruth has to listen to Walters extravagant dreams of being rich and powerful all the time and know that these dreams will never happen. They are very poor and Travis must sleep on the couch because they only have a two-room apartment. Ruths dream of having a baby seems crushed when she finds out that shes pregnant and realizes they cant support another in the household. When mama and Walter argue about Ruth getting an abortion Walter says she wouldnt do anything like that as she walks in, she says Yes I would too Walter. I gave her a five-dollar down payment. (1.2.75). Ruths dream of having a baby is dried up when she knows they cant support another child in the household.
Lena Younger has always dreamed of a garden with beautiful flowers in her own yard next to her own house. But she is devastated when she hears that Walter took the rest of money for the house and Beneathas school money and gave it to Willy Harris who literally stole the Youngers dreams. After Bobo tells Walter what happened, Mama says, Son, son ... is it gone? Son, I gave you sixty-five hundred dollars. Is it gone? All of it? Beneathas money too? (2.3.129). After all of this Mama seems as if she is sagging under the heavy load of disappointment and trying to understand her children.
Walters dream is actually the great American dream to have your own house in a good neighborhood, a job you love, a wife, and children. But sadly hes far from his dream. He is a chauffeur for a rich white man, and must drive him around in an expensive car that he could never afford. Walters dream is also deferred when he is told that good old Willy Harris absconded with the money for his and his familys dreams. Hearing this Walter says Willy!...Man, I put my life in your hands...Man...THAT MONEY IS MADE OUT OF MY FATHERS FLESH. (2.3.128). Walter is very angry after when he finally realizes that they received the money because his father died. Then becomes violent at the fact that a man he trusted with his life ran away with the money that symbolized his dead father. So all the pent up anger he had been holding in finally comes out and he explodes.
Eventually, as in most cases, dreams can be recovered or at least attempted again after the state of depression is over. In this case Walter, Ruth, and Lena never gave up trying to reach their dreams. They would have to work more so they can afford to move and live in their new home. But this did not concern any of them; they just wanted to move out of the hellhole they were living in. I believe that when relating characters to Langston Hughes poem, that Mama sags under the heavy load, Walter explodes, and Ruth dries up like a raisin in the sun.