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Dream Quotes in A Raisin in the Sun

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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry includes the dreams of Walter Lee, Mama, Mr. Younger, Mr. Lindner, and Beneatha, which they realize are very different from one another. We go over quotes about dreams from the play. Updated: 05/30/2021

The Younger Family

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is a play about an African American family in the mid-1900s who are filled with hopes and dreams for their future. The Younger family have never had much more than their dreams, but they have lots of them.

When Mama Younger comes into some insurance money after the death of her husband, it looks as if some of their dreams may finally come true. The family doesn't appear to realize how different each of their dreams are. Let's look at some of the quotes about dreams from A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.

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  • 0:04 The Younger Family
  • 0:37 Walter Lee's Dream
  • 1:15 Mama's Dream
  • 2:04 Mr. Younger's & Mr.…
  • 3:09 Beneatha's Dream
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Walter Lee's Dream

Walter Lee is frustrated. He feels demeaned in his role as a chauffeur driver for a wealthy white family. Unable to stop thinking about his next shortcut to the top, Walter Lee expresses his exasperation at the lack of support he feels from his wife, Ruth. He complains to her, ''There you are. Man say to his woman I got me a dream: His woman say: Eat your eggs.'' Ruth's practicality and Mama's religious convictions prevent them from sharing Walter Lee's dream of owning his own liquor store. However, they both love him unconditionally enough to want him to achieve it.

Mama's Dream

When Mama and her husband first moved into the small, run-down, two-bedroom apartment that now houses all five of the Youngers, it was only supposed to be temporary.

''We was going to set away, little by little, don't you know, and buy a little place out in Morgan Park. We had even picked out the house, Looks right dumpy today. But Lord, child, you should know all the dreams I had 'bout buying that house and fixing it up and making me a little garden in the back--And didn't none of it happen,'' reminisces Mama.

Mr. Younger died without ever realizing his dream. When Mama receives the $10,000 life insurance check after her husband's death, she sees her opportunity to put a down-payment on a house. Even though the most affordable home is in an all-white neighborhood during a time of segregation, she is finally getting a home.

Mr. Younger's & Mr. Lindner's Dream

Mr. Younger, Mama's husband, has passed before the play begins, but Mrs. Younger remembers that he said, ''Seem like God didn't see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams--but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worthwhile.'' Mama realizes that her dreams aren't worth much if her children aren't happy, so she gives Walter the rest of the money after making the down payment on her home.

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