African-American Studies

American Dream


In this semester, I have learned the definition of the American Dream, cultures’ fight to achieve their financial and social goals and the characters’ experience in The Raising in the Sun. I have learned how to interpret different types of writing and understand the sociological patterns. The works studied have helped me achieve a better understanding of the history of the United States, the sociological movements and the perception of personal achievement by different classes. In the below essay I would like to discuss the pattern of American Dream and the processes throughout the society during the 20th Century society. I would like to prove the thesis: “The American Dream is not a single idea but a movement that goes on and fights the political forces for equality, opportunity, self-expression and freedom.


The American Dream and A Raisin in the Sun


The Raising in the Sun is a screenplay that addresses stigma, racial and social problems in the 1950-s American society. It is about disappointment, despair and hopes of people living in the Chicago Ghetto. With the philosophy of making the future better, they are hard working people with a dream. Everyone has their dreams in the play: Lena Younger looks at his son with pride and his grandson, trying to teach them pride, belief and hard-working life. Walter Lee has greater dreams than that. He sees the society being divided into “poor and rich” as well as “black and white”. He wants more from his life than being a white rich person’s chauffeur, and certainly wants more for his family. Ruth lives for her family, her dream is a better home with more sunlight and no cockroaches. She would be happy to get out of the ghetto. Beneatha wants to be a doctor, help people and have a social standing. All these dreams seem to depend on the insurance check Lena is receiving after his husband’s death. However, when all the money is gone, dreams seem to be shattered, there seems to be no way out.