AP Lit Bootcamp

Hannah Richardson, Danny Sheehan, Arsh Singh

"Chose a novel or play in which a character must contend with some aspect of the past, either personal or societal."

  • A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes
  • Brown V Board of Education
  • Everyday Use by Alice Walker
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A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

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?

Criticism Annotation: Dream Deferred

  • "dreams inevitably contain the germ of tardiness, or otherwise they would not be dreams, but present and apparent realities."
  • "...the sun's rays make the grape more sweet, more tough. Raisins last a long time and do not go bad."
  • "...lingering pain of a dream that wants to be realized..."
  • "Or does it explode?"

Everyday Use by Alice Walker

Everyday use is about a daughter returning home to her mother. During the visit a culture clash occurs that causes both the daughter and mother to realize the value of family heritage.
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Comparison and Analyisis of Everyday Use.

  1. The Quilt / Asagui’s Gift
  2. Mama and Maggie’s House / God in the Younger Family
  3. Maggie / Walter

Hansberry, Lorraine a Biography

Being both a women and black Lorraine Hansberry has accomplished plentiful in the arts. Her father was in the case Hansberry v Lee, which focussed on blacks being poorly treated in a white neighborhood, this became a conflict in A Raisin in the Sun.

Hansberry, Lorraine a Biography Analysis

1. Moving to white neighborhood = Younger family moving

2. Mobs shouting and throwing bricks = Mr. Karl Linder warns of violence

3. Facing racial segregation as a family and just herself + same theme seen in play

Work Cited

"Daughter of prominent civil rights lawyer, Diane Dickerson Montgomery, dies in Chicago." Jet 21 Oct. 1996: 58. Academic OneFile. Web. 31 May 2013.


Gruesser, John. "Walker's 'Everyday Use.'." Explicator 61.3 (Spring 2003): 183-185. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Ed. Jelena O. Krstovic. Vol. 97. Detroit: Gale, 2007. Literature Resource Center. Web. 29 May 2013.


"Hansberry, Lorraine." Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale, 2009. 666-670. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 31 May 2013.


Hughes, Langston. "A Dream Deferred." A Dream Deferred. N.p., 25 June 1996. Web. 29 May 2013.


Walker, Alice. "Everyday Use." Everyday Use. Ed. Barbara Christian. New Brunswick: Rutgers, UP, 1994. 23-35.