A Raisin In The Sun American Dream Research Paper

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A Raisin in the Sun: American Dream
The American Dream can be defined as, “the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American” (Dictionary.com), but is this the true case in our country? Has it ever been? Let me bring your attention the the fact that the quote says “every American”. This means every man, woman, and child and every black, white and hispanic. I do not think that our society at any one given time was able to make this a perceivable reality. Sure, for some people, but not all.
Concluded in this idea of the American dream, the issue comes up of financial stability and the ability to care for one’s family. To everyone this includes the white picket fence, a lovely home, a good neighborhood, etc. In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, I believe that Mama shows the struggle of an African American to achieve a home for her family in a way that applies to the 1950’s as well as today.
Mama is an elderly African American woman who would like nothing
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At this point we are in between wars and while the men were away, many women filled their roles. Also, many new technological advancements were being created to make a woman have more free time and pursue college. During this time, Mama would have been seen as very traditional and more accepted by her society for being a “dedicated housewife whose only goal in life was to meet the pleasures of their husband and children”(1950’s). Today, being a woman is still difficult. In Nikki van der Gaag’s article, Women are better off today, but still far from being equal with men, she writes, “although more women are working, they are often still worse paid than men, in part-time jobs or in the huge informal employment sector with little protection and few rights”. Although women have been given more opportunities, there are still some work places where they are seen less than