A dream is a hope, a wish, and an aspiration. People have dreams about what they want to be when they grow up and what they want their children’s future to be (like???). Not all of these dreams come true, though. Even if you work really hard and put your heart into it, there is no guarantee that you will fulfill your dream.
“What happens to a dream deferred”(Hughes)? Langston Hughes, author of the poem, a When something is deferred, it is put off until a later date; in other words, postponed. The cherry blossoms can be deferred due to a sudden freeze, and a surgery can be deferred because of complications. A deferred dream is put on the “back burner of life”, and it matures to its full potential, and is waiting when you are “ready to pursue it”. The important idea is that the deferred event, though later than hoped for, eventually comes true.
Dreams are a significant component of “A Raisin in the Sun”; the word “dream” is used a total of fourteen times throughout the play. Mama, from “A Raisin in the Sun”, experienced a “dream deferred” (Hughes). Mamas dreams were for the happiness of her children, and a new house. She and her husband Big Walter put everything they had into getting that house “with a little garden in the back” (Hansberry). When she gets the insurance payment after her husbands death and puts money down on a house in Clybourne Park, she is ecstatic. The dream was deferred many times. She and Big Walter simply didn’t have the money to purchase a house and move out of the apartment. “I seen him grow thin and old before he was thirty” (Hansberry). When the insurance money finally comes, more conflict arrives. Walter is furious with Mama for “butchering up his dream” (Hansberry) and when she entrusts him with the money leftover from the down payment, he is irresponsible and losses it. The white residents of Clybourne Park also attempt to defer the dream. Mr. Lindner, a representative of the residents, even offers to buy back their house for more money than they put down. Tempting, but no thanks! Her dream of home ownership seems to be dead until Mama, Ruth, Beneatha and Walter cooperate to achieve to goal. The goal even shifts slight to encompass standing up for themselves by moving into an all-white neighborhood. Even Walter does his part by refusing Mr. Lindner’s offer of money.