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Theme Having to postpone ones deepest desires can lead to destruction Literary devices The questions are all rhetorical questions because they intend to answer themselves Each question in the first stanza uses simile like a raisin in the sun like a sore like rotten meat like a syrupy sweet The second stanza which is not a question but a suggestion also uses simile like a heavy load The last stanza uses metaphor does it explode The poem employs rhyme sun-run meat-sweet load-explode The poem also uses imagery raisin in the sun fester like a sore And then run stink like rotten meat etc Commentary The question What happens to a dream deferred appears to be answered with nothing but more questions But if we analyze each question we get an idea of what the speaker really believes about dreams being postponed The dream is a goal in life not just dreams experienced during sleep The dream is important to the dreamers life But what dream is it exactly The poem does not choose the dream but leaves it up to the reader Nevertheless the speakers position is clear that any important dream or goal that must be delayed can have serious negative affects As we look at each question we find out what those affects are With each question the speaker offers a possibility of each negative affect The first one Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun a raisin is already dry and as a raisin it is a good thing useful and nutritious but if a raisin is left in the sun to dry up it becomes hard and impossible to eat its value sucked out it no longer serves its useful nutritional purpose The dream or life goal of a human being is central to what makes the human a valuable member of society but
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