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Dreams in Poverty

Today in the U.S.A. alone, some 29.9% of female-headed households live in poverty. In a home where chores are nothing but your everyday routine, and going to work means putting food on the table, you sometimes find little or no time to dream, or think about what it is you want to do with your life. Today, dreams are common in many poverty stricken homes, mostly because the person wants to get out the poverty scene, and into a less stressful environment. In the poems "The Tenement Room: Chicago" by Frank Marshall, "Kitchenette Building" by Gwendolyn Brooks, and the play "Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry, poverty and dreams are both very apparent in the authors eyes. I believe that the "Tenement Room: Chicago", "Kitchenette Building" and "Raisin in the Sun" are three completely different views from three very different share of emotions.
First of all, I would like to begin with the comparison of "The Tenement Room: Chicago" and "Kitchenette Building".In the poem the tenement room, I believe that the author was trying to describe that all he has achieved in life, was a run down, old room with nothing of any particular value. He also gives off the feeling that he is bitter towards the way he has had to live his life; hard working and aimless. However in the kitchenette building, things cheer up, just a little. In this poem, the author expresses that dreams are apparent, but seem to get muffled in the routine of everyday life. The two poems are similar in the idea that poverty is prevalent in both lifestyles. In the tenement room, the author seems to put forth no hope of ever opening the door out of poverty. On the other hand, the kitchenette building, the author gives the reader a glimpse of hope.
Secondly, I would like to compare "Raisin in the Sun" to the examples I have given from "the Tenement Room: Chicago&q


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