DefinitionThe American Dream can be described as a belief in the freedom that allows all citizens and residents of the United States of America to achieve their goals in life through hard work. Today, in America it generally refers to the idea that one's prosperity depends upon one's own
The Typical Suburban Family
“Harlem” What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry upLike a raisin in the sun?Or fester like a sore- And then run?Does it stink like rotten meat?Or crust and sugar over-Like a syrupy sweet?Maybe it just sagsLike a heavy load.Or does it explode?Defer- v. to put off to a future timefester- v. to form pus
Questions for “Harlem”What central question does the poem ask?What is Hughes’ message about dreams deferred?How do “dreams deferred” relate to the American Dream?
A Raisin in the Sun CharactersBeneathaMamaRuth Travis Walter
WalterWalter is a dreamer. Hewants to be rich anddevises plans to acquirewealth with his friends.