Monday, February 28, 2011

The American Dream

2. Are the characters in A Raisin in the Sun stereotypes? If so, explain the usefulness of employing stereotypes in the story. If they are not, explain how they merit individuality.

In my opinion, the characters in A Raisin in the Sun are definitely stereotypical roles. Each character possesses different qualities and a strikingly different dream for their life. For example, Walter fantasizes of becoming a successful businessman and owning a liquor store. Ruth and Mama only want a better life for their family and dream of owning a beautiful home - especially for Travis. Bennie, an eccentric young woman, has hopes of finishing medical school and becoming a doctor. As an African American female, she is one of the characters who will struggle the most in attaining her goal. What is so universal about this play is that each individual wants what so many people want today: a happy family, a beautiful home, an education, or a successful career. They each have a different idea of the American dream and that's what makes these characters come to life. Because these concepts are so realistic, it makes it easier for the audience to connect with the Younger family's hopes and dreams for their life ahead.

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