A Raisin In the Sun

Essay by fwood123High School, 10th gradeA+, February 2004

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What happens to a dream deferred? (Langston Hughes). If a mature dream is pursued by the ready and willing dreamer, it is likely that the dream will come true. A dream is a hope, a wish, and an aspiration. People have dreams about what they want to be when they grow up and what they want their children's future to be like. Not all of these dreams come true, though. Even if people work really hard and put your heart into it, there is no guarantee that they will fulfill their dream.

When something is deferred, it is put off until a later date, or postponed. The cherry blossoms can be deferred due to a sudden freeze, and a surgery can be deferred because of complications. A deferred dream is put off until it matures to its full potential, and is waiting when you are "ready to pursue it".

The important idea is that the deferred event, though later than hoped for, eventually comes.

I have had little dreams here and there, some deferred and some not. But those do not compare to dreams so large as going to college and being successful in life. A dream that I've paid close attention to for the past few years now, is becoming an architect. And I realize that there will be people and obstacles in my life that try to delay and even stop that dream from coming true. But if I stick with my plan and stay on the right track with my studies, nothing will keep me from getting what I want. My grades are my biggest obstacle to overcome. I struggle in some of my classes and that alone could prevent me from getting into a good college and fulfilling my dream. Another obstacle would...