The below poem by Langston Hughes explains one of the themes the Lorraine Hansbury uses in the play. Let's read the below poem and answer the questions with a partner to consider the idea of The American Dream.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like 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 sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
*Vocabulary: dream, deferred, raisin, fester, sore, run, rotten, syrupy, sweet, sags, load
*Grammar: “dream deferred”
*Theme: The American Dream:
Read the poem with your partner and discuss it. You may have questions, so we can discuss these as a class.
After we understand the poem. Write a paragraph for each question below:
1) Why do immigrants come to
2) How is
3) Why is money important to Americans?
4) What kind of future do young Americans hope for?