Character Divisions in Raisin in the Sun

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Divisions Anything in the universe can be divided. Galaxies can be divided by shape; planets can be divided by composition. Most humans divide themselves as well. All around the world, people judge one another through certain characteristics, such as their grades in school or athletic ability. After they judge each other on those certain characteristics, they divide each other into groups. Then, they will try their best to join the group that is the most appealing in their mind by changing their own characteristics. Lorraine Hansbury made her characters more realistic by allowing them to be divided into clear-cut groups. In A Raisin in the Sun, the characters can be divided into a few groups: those who make things happen, such as Walter or Willy Harris, or those who wonder what happened, such as Beneatha or Ruth, and lastly, those who watch what happened such as Travis or Asagai. Those who make things happen are definitely the backbone of this play since they are the ones who are always causing conflicts. Walter, for instance, gives the money away to Willy Harris, a con artist, thus ruining his dream and wasting all of Beneatha’s college money. Walter makes his and Beneatha’s dream collapse literally overnight. Willy Harris is causes one of the conflicts in the end of the book. He makes the conflict happen by taking $6,500 from the family, which in turn causes everyone to distrust and despise Walter even more than they had in the past. Mr. Lindner is another character who makes things happen. By trying to buy the house the Younger family was about to move into, he made the entire family incensed. This made the whole family to unite on one cause, which does not happen very often in the play. Beneatha is a character who wonders what happened. After Walter loses the money, Beneatha rants on about dreams and her life, and then says “Don’t you see

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