Illustration of Pride

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Composition and Literary Interpretation
21 April 2012
Illustration of Pride Pride is an individual feeling that can be connected to anything that a person feels is significant to them. “A Raisin in the Sun” is an excellent example of the illustration of pride as it paints the picture of the theme of pride differently for every character involved. The dreams of each member of the Younger family are connected to what makes them feel proud of their home, family, jobs and even their place in society. The play was named from the poem “Dream Deferred” (Booth & Mays, 2010). The poem examines the possibility of what happens when a dream does not come to fruition. The first presentation of the Younger family is a picture of poverty as the family begins the day awaking from different places in a tiny apartment and shuffling out into the main hall to fight for a turn in the shared bathroom. The apartment holds as assortment of tired, worn out furnishing that have seen much better times. This seems to be a mirror image of the family members as they come into the story. Each family member is unique and possesses a different personal quality. Ruth seems tired and weary, Travis is young and full of hope, not yet realizing his place in society and being a little naïve; Walter has a master plan to break out of the current situation but seems reckless and unprepared for his dreams. Beneatha seems to be very motivated in life as she studies to be a doctor but has a political agenda for almost everything; Lena is the oldest and wisest of the family and illustrates pride in her meager home and her family. An excitement surrounds the whole family as they await the arrival of a large sum of money. Each character seems to hold a different opinion of the possibilities the money could bring but Walter is the only one who openly voices his dreams for part of the money. At this point in…...

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