BC: The End
FC: The American Dream: Compared
1: Ruth Younger - Walter’s wife and Travis’s mother. Ruth takes care of the Youngers’ small apartment. Her marriage to Walter has problems, but she hopes to rekindle their love. She is about thirty, but her weariness makes her seem older. Constantly fighting poverty and domestic troubles, she continues to be an emotionally strong woman. Her almost pessimistic pragmatism helps her to survive.
2: All things grow better with love.
4: Just like the flower that blooms at night, Ruth has simple aspirations she wishes to reach and only in the darkest of times does she reach them.
6: Ruth is a strong willed woman who just wants the best for her family even if it means ignoring her own dreams.
8: "Harlem" 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? - Langston Hughes, 1951
9: Most of the time when a dream is deferred interest or belief is lost in it. I don't think it goes away, just fades away until there is only a smudge left.