A Raisin Of The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry Essay

1057 Words Oct 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Oluseyi Akinbami once said, “Every man’s heart speaks, where no one can see, it reveals the motives for our actions, and many times the motives are not good.” In Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” the Younger family is one full of ambition. Each member of the family has a goal in life that they wish to achieve. For Ruth and Lena (Mama) Younger, this goal seems to present itself as the desire for family bonding. For Beneatha Younger, success in the medical field seems to be prominent. Finally, for Walter Younger, he dreams for success in the purchase of a liquor store. Each of the characters have differing ideas of how to achieve their individual goals. Additionally, each has different motives behind their dreams. The degree of one’s success is often determined by how healthy, or unhealthy their motives are. Walter’s character development demonstrates how often dreams and aspirations disintegrate due to selfish motives. Every action is preceded by an overarching want or desire. In “A Raisin in the Sun” Walter Younger’s decisions are motivated by his desire for money. With regards to success, Walter has his life and aspirations planned out in detail. Walter desperately seeks to obtain the insurance money from his father’s death in order to make an investment in a liquor store. With this purchase he believes the rest of his desires will fall into place. He is convinced his profits from this “business transaction” will allow him to acquire many tangible…

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