In go out and follow their dreams.

In history, there have been numerous of stories and plays made, but there have been only two plays that we have gone through in class that fully captures the American dream, like the stories A Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman. In both plays that main character is trying to achieve that one this the American Dream, but it is almost impossible to make that dream because neither of the characters has the respect of their authority figures or even the people they surround themselves with. It is impressive that these two different plays written far apart from each other from a different author have such similarity. Both play writers Arthur Miller and Lorraine Hansberry have come up with of achieving goals in life. Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman wanted to earn the respect of his family and others, While Walter Younger from A Raisin in the Sun wanted to get rich quick so that he can provide for his family and be classified as a man. In the story, Willy Loman and Walter Younger like to talk about the American dream and how it is their right, but they will not go anywhere unless if they do something and go out and follow their dreams.  “Yes, he is a fine man—just couldn’t catch up with his dreams that’s all” (A Raisin in the Sun).  Both Willy and Walter think they have figured it all out, but they were mistaken. Willy believes that to succeed in the world you need to do is be – liked, but that all that got him was a lack of respect from his coworkers and others. Walter was 100% sure in his mind that he found the answer of coming out of poverty by investing in a liquor store; as a result, it was in over his head, and his friend (co-investor) ran off with the money Walter had invested. Both Walter and Willy have the idea that all pressure on their shoulders. This pressure is so excessive that no one else realizes what it’s like. As Walter states “Man, I’m a volcano, a giant surrounded by ants. Ants can’t understand a thing giants talking about” (Raisin in the Sun). These two men underwent more than anyone in the two plays, and they both had a confused view of life. But, both characters throughout the story have had the support their family. Ruth Younger was one of the people that kept Walter in check and their house stable, she kept up with the house duties and was emotionally stable through the story. A character from “Death of a Salesman” that is almost like Ruth is Linda Loman. Linda cared for an already damaged family and all those times Willy foolishly messed up attempting to provide. She too held up her family with her emotional strengths, without her Willy would have already killed himself long before he did on the play. Linda also kept cool in grave situations, when everyone was freaking out she was the one to bring unity to the family. Lunda and Ruth played a prominent role in these plays by keeping their families united through thick and thin. Both plays have characters that give their families news that twist the plot. In Raisin in the sun Mr. Karl Linder the community leader notifies that the Youngers are not wanted in the neighborhood they just moved into. He says that because of their color they will lower the value of the surrounding community” (A Raisin in the Sun). Their excitement of finally fulfilling their dreams of buying a house is diminished in a second. Howard Wagner was another main example of someone that gives bad news, or in this case shattering news, he was the one who fired Willy or told him to take “a leave of absence” (Death of a Salesman). There no doubt that this is the first of many events that eventually led to Willy’s suicide. These two men did more than just give a bit of bad news; they alone changed these two families forever.The two plays are very similar, they both shows deprived American families just trying to live out the American dream. Both families have the problem of not having enough money, and in both plays, this is part of the first conflict. The Youngers were living in a cheap and rundown apartment that was not big enough to raise a family in. They did not have the money to move to a bigger sized house until they received a life insurance policy from Mama’s dead husband. The Loman family faced a similar problem in Death of a Salesman; Willy Loman could not even come up with the monthly rent, so he had to borrow money from Charley. The lack of income drove the Loman family to venture out of there comfort zone and tried to get rich quick. In both plays, the protagonists (main characters) believe if they had a little more money they would be living a happier life and be even more united with their families. Although both stories have so much in common, they do have a few differences. Most the significant differences in the two plays appear towards the end, or in other words the outcome. In A Raisin in the Sun the Younger family accomplishes their goals and somewhat lives the American dream, Walter becomes the man of the house by standing up to Mr. Lindner in front of his family, and the Younger family gets to move into their new home. The Loman family was not lucky; sadly, toward the end of the play, William Loman commits suicide due to all the pressures he faced throughout the story. The Youngers family achieved their goals, and the Lomans did not the brothers wanted to start their own business, but they failed miserably not reaching their father’s expectation. 

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