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A Raisin in the Sun1

The significance of the title of the play describes the struggles of the Younger family as each individuals dreams were differed. The title suggests the meager raisin that would fight against the suns heat. This would be a comparison to the dreams of the characters in the play, especially the minorities of Walter, Beneatha, and Mama (Lena) as they stand defiant against the white. The analogy strongly relates to the Younger family because in the poem by Langston Hughes, he described different instances that may result from dreams differed. As the storyline progresses in the play, we witnessed how each individual react to their dreams being differed. For example, Walter Lee referred to his differed dream as a lesson he will learn from. Also, as Mamas (Lena) dream was differed, she looked upon God for help and mercy. Others however, like Beneatha, directed her anguish towards her brother. As Langston Hughes quoted about dreams, Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore, and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over, like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sages like a heavy load. Or does it explode?, can we pick what result we get as our dreams differ?Perhaps for better understanding of the poem by Langston Hughes, we should analyze Hughes intent of writing the poem. His understanding of dreams revealed that in human nature, something as unpredictable as dreams may yield to unpredictable results. As to the significance of the play to the poem, the extremities of the results as dreams differed relates to the Younger familys high aims for the future. Perhaps there is a correlation between how high you aim and how closer and closer to it exploding....

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