19, April 2011
Word Count 945
Walter becomes a man in the play a Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
The play was written in the 1950’s, and addressed family and dreams, but it was also about a man’s growth. He was consumed with thoughts of money and when his father passed away he was determined to get the insurance money from Mama. Walter a 35 year old man was struggling with living under his mother’s roof, and rule. This made him feel like a failure living under his mother’s thumb. In this play Walter began very childlike mentally and irresponsible, but in the end he grows to become a man.
Walter is consumed with money, and when Mama asks, “Son – how come you talk so much about money”, [Walter] “Because it is life”. In the beginning of the play Walter is fighting with his wife Ruth about eggs Walter says to his wife “I got to take hold of this here world, baby! And a woman will say: eat your eggs and go to work “(1133). He often argued with his wife who in his opinion never supported him. Walter said to Ruth “a man needs a woman to back him up” (1132). However Ruth clearly did support him when she talked to mama about the insurance money on his behalf. She just did not want to encourage his fast money ideas, which she knew in her heart were foolish pipe dreams. He also gave his son Travis his last dollar. This was very irresponsible and was done to irritate his wife, making her look bad to her son, after she refused to give him money. When Walter asked his son Travis what he wanted to be when he is grown he replies,” A bus driver” (1161). He looked up to his father and told him that he wanted to be just like him and this bothered Walter. [Travis]”I can’t make up my mind. Sometimes Mama asks me that too. And sometimes when I tell her I just want to be like you- she says she don’t want me to be like that and sometimes she says she does” (1162).Walter wasn’t happy with himself. He desired bigger and better things for his...