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Everyone in America wants to achieve some sort of financial success in their life Sometimes living in a capitalistic society entices many to become too materialistic Greed is the characteristic that many Americans then attain This isall in pursuit of the American dream For most Americans this high status is very difficult to achieve In Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman we see howdifficult it was for Willy Loman and his sons to achieve this so called American dream and these people were proud white Americans In Lorraine Hansberrys A Raisin in the Son she examines an African-Americans familys struggle to break out of the poverty that is preventing them from achieving some sort of financial stability or the American Dream It focuses on Walters attempt in making it or being somebody She also analyzes how race prejudice and economic insecurity affect a black mans role in his own family his ability to provide and his identity What Hansberry is trying to illustrate is how Western civilization has conditioned society to have materialistic aspirations and how these ideals corrupt the black mans identity and his family Many black men have to deal with a systematic racism that effects their role in society The frustrations that a black man has to deal with can affect the family a great deal For example if Walter gets upset at work or has a bad day he cant get irate with his boss and risk loosing his job instead he takes it out on his wife Ruth Also the job that he holds can only provide so much to the family Hes not even capable of providing his son Travis with some pocket change without becoming broke himself What type of breadwinner can a black man be in America Walter Younger is thirty-five years old and all he is is a limousine driver He is unhappy with his job and he desperately seeks for an opportunity to
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