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One major theme of the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is the importance of dreams they drive each member of the Younger family Mama longs to have her own home in a nice part of town away from South Chicago Beneatha dreams of getting a good education becoming a doctor and marrying a nice man Walter wants to have a successful business so that he can rise above the poverty he has always known Walter Younger resents his impoverished life and fears that it will result in nothing significant Walter dreams of someday becoming wealthy and creating a better life for his son Travis that his father could never provide He sees the opening of a liquor store as a way to get rich quick and convinces Mama to give him some of the insurance money for his business venture He dreams of the day when he will make enough from his business to move the family out of the black Chicago ghetto in which they have always lived His dreams are deferred when Willy runs away with the insurance money Walter is like many people that think that they cannot achieve what they dream because of a set-back that has come their way Like Walter Mama longs to leave the life of her rat-hole behind When she receives the insurance check she decides that she will use a portion of it to make a down payment on a home She was brave enough to select one in an all-white neighborhood even though she knew that the neighbors would discriminate against them Mr Linder tries to tell the Youngers that it wouldnt be wise to move to an all-white neighborhood Since Walters money was stolen he thinks that Mr Linders offer to buy the house is a good one Her dreaming of owning the home seems to be put off by Walters willingness to sell the house Beneatha has her
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