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A Raisin in the Sun Essay

  • Submitted by: jmarchese60
  • on March 9, 2015
  • Category: English
  • Length: 710 words

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Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun portrays the transformation of the character of Walter Lee Younger. In the beginning of the play, the family members are awaiting a $10.000 insurance check. The themes of dreams and pride run deep throughout this play. Even so, dreams are hard to achieve and a dream unfulfilled is like a raisin in the sun.
Each one has plans on how to spend the money. Walter’s dream is to own his own business and quit being a chauffeur. Walter is distressed because he believes no one understands him. He thinks of himself as a ‘big thinker’ and doesn’t understand why the other family members don’t believe in him.  
When the money comes in, Mama takes it and makes a down payment on a home in a white neighborhood where the price of homes are more reasonable. Walter is in despair because Mama won’t give him some of the money to buy into a liquor store. He blames himself, his wife and Mama for his personal failures. When Mr. Lindner, a representative from the community, comes and tries to buy back the house from them, Walter proudly chases him away after refusing his offer. Mama realizes that in order to help Walter, she has to trust him and let him have some power at home.   Mama decides to give Walter $3500 towards his liquor store and $3000 dollars toward Beneatha’s education. She tells Walter to deposit the money but instead, he takes it all and gives it to a friend to bribe officials to get the business license. He soon finds out that the ‘friend’ has run off with all the money. Once Walter has lost all the money, he then comes up with a plan to get the money back from Mr. Lindner. He tells the family his plan is to play the part of the deferential, accommodating African-American man and accept the offer.   He begins a sad, “Uncle Tom” type dialog in which he portrays himself as a poor, uneducated black man at the mercy of the white man. When Mr. Lindner arrives, Mama insists that Walter and Ruth’s son, Travis, stay and hear what Walter...

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