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What happens to a dream deferred Langston Hughes asks in his 1959 poemDream Deferred He suggests that it might dry up like a raisin in the sun orstink like rotten meat however at the end of the poem Hughes offers anotheralternative by asking Or does it explode This is the view Lorraine Hansberrysupports in her 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun The drama opens with Walterreading Set off another bomb yesterday from the front page of the morningnewspaper however he is unaware that bombs will soon detonate inside hisown house These bombs are explosions of emotion caused by frustrationamong members of Walters family who are unable to realize their dreamsAlthough they all have a common dream of having a better life they mustcompete with each other for the insurance money from the untimely death ofWalters father Walter wants to get rich quickly by investing the money in aliquor store but his sister Beneatha would rather use it to finish medical schoolMama and Walters wife Ruth both want to leave their worn house in the ghettofor a nicer one where Walters son Travis can have his own bedroom and ayard in which to play The dreams of these characters however are deferred forso long that frustration grows inside them and eventually bursts outEach day Walter has to continue working as a servant his internal frustrationand anger build and he eventually releases his anger against Beneatha Ruthand Mama Who the hell told you you had to be a doctor he demands ofBeneatha If you so crazy bout messing round with sick peopleemdashthengo be a nurse like other womenor just get married and be quiet When Walterexplains why he dislikes being a chauffeur he tells his mother I open and closecar doors all day long I drive a man around in his limousine and I say Yes sirno sir very good sir shall I take the Drive sir Mama that aint no kind
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