DCC Eng 102,
The play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry is about an impoverished family living in a small apartment shared by others. The Younger family live in poverty and for the first time experience wealth when they receive the insurance money; “we’ve never been rich before” (Hansberry, 977). Throughout the play, the check consumes Walter and his craziness leads to Walter losing half the money. The Younger family all prepare to live a new life once the check arrives with different sets of dreams. The check represents Walters dreams of owning a liquor store (Hansberry, 957), a garden for Mama, a real home for Ruth and money for Beneatha’s education.
Although Mama doesn’t appreciate the money (Hansberry, 977) she starts to relish the idea of owning a garden. In her old home, the closest Mama ever had to a garden was her old potted plant. In some ways, the plant represents Mama. It is old and limp; similar to Mama getting old and tired (retirement). The plant is Mama’s only chance of ever getting a garden.
Every mother wants what is best for their child. The check represents a promising future for Ruth and her baby. When Mama announces putting the down payment on the house, Ruth is overjoyed. Because the Younger family is upgrading to a larger home, Ruth does not feel as pressured to have an illegal abortion. The check means a new beginning for her family. Travis would finally get his own bedroom and the baby would not have to “sleep on the roof” (Hansberry, 971).
Although it was uncommon for women to be doctor, the check made it possible for Beneatha to attend college and earn her degree. The check also guarantees Travis to receive a better education. Beneatha does not want to end up like her family, scraping money together every month to make ends meet. The check allows Beneatha to get the education she wants to pursue her dreams.
Walter wants the check the most because he has his family’s interests at heart. It hurts...