In Gratitude for the dream
Struggles that deal with the oppressive circumstances that rule lives in A Raisin in the Sun can drive anyone insane. With growing up in south Chicago in the1950’s is a hard time to live and breath, the great depression already hit and minorities like the black and Mexicans were hit the hardest. Over 50% of blacks lost there jobs and the 50% that had jobs were mostly demeaning such as being a civil servant or low paying work. In their small apartment that holds mama, her daughter Benethea, her son Walter and his wife Ruth and there son Travis. This adds up to 5 people in a two bedroom apartment with a bathroom shared between neighbors. The amount of insanity is great with the symbolism to go easily with it, by Ruth telling Walter to be quit and eat the eggs given to him, also Benethea’s hair antics, and mama’s poor old little plant.
In the very first scene Ruth is making eggs for breakfast “Ruth is about thirty. We can see that she was a pretty girl, even exceptionally so, but now it is apparent that life has been little that she expected, and disappointment has already begun to hang in her face. (p.24)” Walter is upset as usual he starts implying how women keep men from achieving their goals, every time a man gets excited about something, he claims, a woman tries to temper. After saying that Ruth says “Eat your eggs” which by being quiet and eating his eggs represents acceptance of adversity that Walter and the rest of the family faces in life. Walter believes Ruth, who is making his eggs, keeps him from achieving his dream, and he argues that she should be more supportive of him. The eggs she makes every day symbolize her mechanical way of supporting him. She provides him with nourishment, but always in the same, dull predictable way.