The most important decision about your goals is not what you are willing to do to achieve them, but what you are willing to give up¨, Dave Ramsey tells readers. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry was a play created to tell the story of a poor African American family that live in the southside of Chicago during the 1950’s.They received $10,000 from insurance and Mama takes the money and buys a house in a white neighborhood. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is a graphic novel about Jin Wang who moves from San Francisco and is being stereotyped by all the kids in his class just because he’s Asian. My Big Fat Greek Wedding by Nia Vardalos is a movie about a 30 year old Greek women who falls in love with a non-greek man but he goes out of his way to please her family and change his beliefs just so he could be with her. The most common theme between all three stories is that everyone changes in a way at the end and they all have to give something up in order to grow. All the characters in the three stories had to go threw the hardships of life just to get what they wanted.
In A Raisin in the Sun, Mama gave up the $10,000 that she got just for her family. She wanted them to live a better life and so she moved them into a house that was spacious and were Travis didn’t have to sleep on the couch and were they didn’t have to take turns for the shower with other people outside their family. Her kids wanted to do other things with the money but she knew it would be best if she used the money towards a house instead of purchasing a liquor store and medical school.
In My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Toula, changes herself. She goes to college and works at the agency instead of just working for her parents at their restaurant, she wanted more for herself in life. Ian, Toulas boyfriend also changes throughout the movie. He changes his religion and beliefs just so he could be with the women he loves. He didnt care what he had to do, he just wanted her. Gus changes as well throughout the movie. In the beginning he was not accepting of Ian and didn’t want his daughter to marry or even date a non-greek, but as he sees what Ian would do for her he has a change of heart and accepts the fact that Toula love´s Ian and that they are getting married.
Lastly, in the novel American Born Chinese JIn Wang changes from being seen as a stereotypical Chinese kid to being an american little boy. Chasing your dreams was another common theme between the three stories. Who knows if Toula would have ever meet Ian if she never went to college and quit working at the restaurant. Her family never thought she was going to get married, but because she saw how others were living their life and were already married and had kids she wanted that for herself. And she got that with the support of her mom and aunts. Walter had the dream of buying his own liquor store so he could provide a better life for his family. Beneatha wanted to go to medical school and needed the $10,000 to do so but Mama knew using the money towards a house would have been more beneficial. In ABC Jin Wang´s dream was too fit in and be like a regular boy.
Everyone goes through hard times in life. That’s just the way it is, but people can always learn from the difficult times and their mistakes. People have to work hard for what they want in life and if that means coming across bumps in road they can hopefully make it worthier and learn. You have to work hard to accomplish your goals and that may cause you to make bad decisions but it will be worth it in the end.
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