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Quests Not Dreams A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is the story of black family living in the south side of Chicago Each member of the family has a dream a dream that has been put off for some reason The storyline revolves around an insurance check for 10000 The check belongs to Mama but each character envisions a different use for the money Through the events of the play each person either has their dream realized or caught a glimpse of their dream being fulfilled I believe that Beneatha Walter and Mama each had a quest that they were on that was separate from their dreams Beneatha Younger was a loud intelligent and fresh-mouthed woman her dream was to be a doctor and to somehow raise her people up When Mama set aside the money for Beneathas education Beneatha believed that her dream would be realized When the money was discovered to be lost she thought her dream blew up in smoke This dream wasnt the quest that she was intended to do though her quest was to find her African side and to connect with it Beneatha started to fulfill this by talking to Asagai a man from Africa She told him Mr Asagai-I want every much to talk with you About Africa You see Mr Aasagai I am looking for my identity Asagai became a link to Africa for Beneatha a guide to her ancestryroots In Act II Beneatha shows how she has connected with her African roots by doing a ceremonial dance and by cutting her hair so that it would natural In Act III Beneatha has the opportunity to connect more with her roots when Asagai proposes to her He wants her to go with him back to Africa so that she can practice medicine over there This would be the fulfillment of Beneathas quest not only does she bring out her African
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