Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun takes its title from a prominent black poet’s poem “Harlem: A Dream Deferred.”.

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How the poem Harlem Langston Hughes relates to the themes in the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry’s
Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun takes its title from a prominent black poet’s poem “Harlem: A Dream Deferred.”. The play’s title “A Raisin in the Sun” gives reference to Harlem; A dream deferred to emphasize the importance of dreams in her play and the inextricable struggle that is fundamental to the realization of the dream of equality for the Black’s in America. This essay evaluates how the poem Harlem relates to the themes in the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry’s
The central theme of the play revolves around unachieved dreams. One of the major characters in the play Walter Lee loses control of his plans to build a lasting business emperor. Walter dreams of having his own business. However, he is ambitious for his own business are curtailed by a number of reasons that make his dream quite elusive. Walter’s elusive dreams are similar to the concept of deferred dreams as presented in “A Dream Deferred.” By Hughes.
Undoubtedly, Walter carries deferred dream compared to a raisin that dries the sun. He loses all Younger’s insurance money on his business ambition is a dried up dream. Just as Hughes describes the dreams as those that run from infection, Walter’s business turns into a sore that festers and runs. Hughes asks a rhetoric question “Or does it explode?” to refer to the deferred dream. His expression of an explosion is a form of outburst that may arise from disappointment. This expression resonates with Walter’s eruption due to the disappointment of broken dreams. He drinks heavily and becomes verbally sarcastic of words full of infection from his festering dream.

The protagonist and the antagonist in the play A Raisin in the Sun
The protagonist in the play A Raisin in the Sun is Walter. The character undergoes drastic transformation since the beginning of the play to its end. Lorraine Hansberry presents him as the character that continually falls short of the expectations placed on him as the surviving male adult of the family of Younger. However, Walter does lose hope, throughout the play but still has ambitions that of bringing his family out of poverty. Unfortunately, Walter’s judgment is poor. He only redeems himself in one particular instance when he rejects Karl Lindner’s offer. In this incident, he chooses principle at the expense of money and is thus celebrated as the t
On the other hand, Lorraine Hansberry presents Karl Lindner as the antagonist. However, this a simplistic and erroneous view. In fact, Walter’s real opponent is racism. Karl Lindner only comes in as the representative of the racist ideas, not the only force that is bear him down but also crushes him with its weight. Lindner conflicts with him because of what Walter represents. All the circumstances standing between Walter and his dreams for his life goals are Walter’s greatest conflict. When Lindner’s offers Walter money for the family to move to the new house Walter realizes that the money will not the family happy. He, therefore, turns down the offer for the money. Is however important to note that although Lorraine Hansberry presents has used the character of Lindner to represent racist ideas, he may not be the single force that bears on Walter
In the play, Walter could as well be the antagonists of himself. His real opponent is himself because he at first invests family insurance money in liquor business against his Mama’s wishes.

Works Cited
“Hans Ostrom’s Blog – “Langston Hughes and the Poetry of a Dream Legally Deferred,” by Hans Ostrom – December 02, 2014 15:37.” Hans Ostrom’s Blog – &Quot;Langston Hughes and the Poetry of a Dream Legally Deferred,&Quot; by Hans Ostrom – December 02, 2014 15:37, www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/7457045-langston-hughes-and-the-poetry-of-a-dream-legally-deferred-by-hans-os.
Hansberry, Lorraine. A raisin in the sun. Benediction Classics, 2017.