Introduction to a raisin in the Sun: The American Dream

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MYTHIC IMAGES of America as a land of milk and honey and a new “earthly paradise” at the farthest edge of the known world, as a “brave new world” which European writers from Erasmus of Rotterdam to William Shakespeare envisioned as a combination of the Biblical Garden of Eden, the Golden Age of classical antiquity, and the pastoral Arcadia of Renaissance literature;

  • the RELIGIOUS IMAGES of America where the Puritans as God’s chosen people were called upon to found “a new Heaven and a new Earth in new Churches, and a new Commonwealth together” (Edward Johnson), to erect their New Jerusalem on the virgin soil of the American continent, and to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ, which they knew would “begin in America” (Jonathan Edwards);

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