The American Dream:
I choose The American Dream because it’s a dream of land in which life should be better, richer, and fuller for every woman and man, with the opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position. The American Dream is something that everyone wants to accomplish in his or her life. Some hope for a big house and the perfect family others hope for a good education and an even better job. To me, the American dream means having the freedom of speech, to listen to whatever music I want to, to publicly disagree with our nation’s leader and live to see the next day, and in many ways, my definition of the American Dream is similar to the traditional one.
Each of the characters in the Younger family has a particular individual dream. Beneatha is the most educated of the Younger’s, she sometimes seems to be obnoxious and self-centered; especially in the early scenes, she freely verbalizes her views in a household that has difficulty understanding her perspectives. She favors her African suitor over her rich boyfriend, much to the puzzlement of her family. Beneatha's "schooling" is a privilege that Walter Lee has not had, yet Beneatha appears to believe that a higher education is her right. Everyone in the family is making a sacrifice so that Beneatha can become a doctor. “…But first I’m going to be a doctor, and George, for one, still thinks that’s pretty funny. I couldn’t be bothered with that. I’m going to be a doctor and everybody around here better understand that!” (Hansberry 50).
Beneatha states that she is fed up with God taking credit for the achievements of the human race. I’m just tired of hearing about God all the time. What...