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Lombardi 1 Phil Lombardi Professor Gaeta College Writing II April 7 th , 2008 Comparing A Raisin in the Sun with the songs of Bruce Springsteen Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun echoes many of the same themes and ideas found in the songs of Bruce Springsteen. A Raisin in the Sun is a play dealing primarily with family values and the stages of dreams, along with other ideas such as the role of the male in a family. Numerous Bruce Springsteen’s songs also contain these same ideas. Both of these artists try and show what negative effects a dream can have on a person, but why those dreams are still needed. They factor in their own personal experience to give the reader or listener a vivid picture of what a person brought down by their dreams looks like. Springsteen and Hansberry are able to paint a picture that many people can identify with. One of the main themes of A Raisin in the Sun is the pursuit of dreams. In this play, the main characters all have dreams they want to achieve. Walter in particular is consumed by his dream to escape the life he is living. He wants to have the rich lifestyle and be able to provide better for his family. He is so focused on his goal, that when it is suddenly crushed, he loses control. This idea is often brought up in many of the songs by Springsteen. The song “The River” focuses primarily on dreams that have been lost and what it does to you. In the song Springsteen sings about a man who got his girlfriend pregnant, and married her at the age of nineteen. He goes on to say that from this moment on, all of his dreams were gone. He uses a river as a metaphor for the goals and dreams we all have. He sings “At night we’d go down to
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Lombardi 2 the river and into the river we’d dive” (Springsteen - River). The man in this song, while having a different situation, can be closely related to Walter. The man in the song works a dead-end job, and it is running him down. Walter works as a limousine driver and cannot stand it any more. When Walter loses his money, he feels betrayed by his dream. The same can be said for the man in “The River” when he sings “Now those memories come back to haunt me, they haunt me like a curse” and concludes by asking “Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true, or is it something
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