A Dream Deferred

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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? While Langhston Hughes authors this poem, A Dream Deferred, it can easily be interpreted as Toni Morrison's description of Nel and her life of …

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…Nel grasps how crucial Sula was, and how much she coveted Sula's company and lifestyle. As the story closes with her dreams only a figment of her childhood with Sula, Nel breaks down, "It was a fine cry-loud and long- but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow"(174). Nel had lived like the book ends with "circles and circles of sorrow", like a dream deferred. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**