Hoop Dreams And Rasin In The Sun - Comparison Cont Essay

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Hoop Dreams And Rasin In The Sun - Comparison Contrast Paper

The movie Hoop Dreams shows you the difficulties and obstacles that come in the way of
dreams. Although it's said that if you believe in a dream long enough it will come true,
but in Hoop Dreams and A Raisin in the Sun you are shown the harsh realities of the
falseness of that statement. And that the reality of a dream not coming true hits you like
a brick wall.


Many obstacles get in the way of the road to dreams in both stories. In both stories, all
families suffer from having little knowledge, and it doesn't help that they're all black.
Also being poor and living in the ghetto makes things that much harder. Pregnancies also
put big bumps in the road to success, in both instances it makes the families come
together and try their hardest to make it through. However, there are also many different
obstacles that come in the way for each family. In Hoop Dreams, both William and Arthur
are given much support to fulfill their dreams of getting to the NBA, but Walter in A
Raisin in the Sun is only given grief on getting his liquor store. This can point the
young immature teens to giving them more hope that a very rare dream will come true. Also,
the two ballplayers do have talent to help them start down the road to success, but that
can be very misleading, all Walter has is the nagging of his buddies Bobo and Willy. The
toughest of the obstacles to overcome was when William injured his knee and it affected
his basketball career for a long time. He never really did get over it, he was forced to
settle for a second best basketball school, but managed to receive a great education.


Family matters also plays major roles in both the play and the movie. With both Bo
(Arthur's father) and Walter's case, they both had substance abuse problems and it much
affected how well the dreams went. By the end of each story, each said they were off drugs
for good. Bo had even said that if he wouldn't have been on drugs, he would've been able
to afford Arthur's education at St. Joseph's, and that possibly could have put him more in
the spotlight in the basketball scene, just like Walter put all his money into the liquor
store and had it robbed away. The worst part is, is that some of it wasn't even his money.
Both fathers played a role in breaking dreams with the fault of losing the money. In both
stories the mothers played big factors in what happened in A Raisin in the Sun, mama was
the one with the money to spend, she bought a house and trusted Walter with the rest, she
was the one that gave Walter the support to do what he believed he could do. The mother in
each Arthur's and William's families have to go through some rough stuff to just make it
through life. Especially Arthur's when he's taken off federal support after his 18th
birthday, but she still managed to get through it. Again though, each film had different
effects from the family. With the Youngers (A Raisin in the Sun) having a full family, it
gave all the family members support to help get through problems. With each William and
Arthur's father's gone for some amount of time, the family has tougher living conditions
to go through. And without having your father around, leaves a big void in your life. With
William and Arthur receiving more support from their families to fulfill their dreams,
gave them a sort of false hope that many dreams come true and things good will happen.
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