Character Analysis Of Mama In A Raisin In The Sun

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Character Analysis of Mama in the “A Raisin in the Sun”
The play, “A Raisin in the Sun” describes a few months in the life of an African-American family, the Youngers, living in Chicago in the 1950s. When the play begins, the family is about to receive insurance compensation amounting to $10,000. This compensation is as a result of the deceased Mr. Younger’s life cover policy. According to the play, each of the grown up members of the Youngers has an idea on how to spend the family fortune. Mama, matriarch of the family, wants to purchase a house to fulfill her late husband’s dream. Mama’s son, Walter, would prefer using the money to start a liquor store with his friends. He believes that the venture will solve the family’s financial problem.
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“A Raisin in the Sun” though Walter Lee demonstrate how Mama influenced his life through manipulation and blackmail. A proud woman, Mama is not much wealthy, but she exudes dignity, walks tall, and carries herself, as Hansberry would say, with the "noble bearing of the women of the supermen of Southwest Africa," as though she walks with a "vessel upon her head." Her kids define her life; she describes them as her "harvest." With no considerable dreams of her own, she lives sensationally through her children. Her vicarious lifestyle is demonstrated further since even the dream of buying a house is motivated only by the desire to improve the living conditions for her family. She declared upon receiving the insurance check that she would donate the entire amount to her church. These incidences have demonstrated the height Mama can go in order to appear highly spirited commanding respect in the …show more content…
In the play, Mama keeps describing incidences of infidelity though she argues that it is important to overlook. Mama essentially believes that accepting such qualities is a woman 's portion in life. Ruth, on the other hand, is slightly more liberated as she would also condone such behavior in her husband. Ruth however argues that she would at least confront the problem. To distinguish this character of Mama, the play features Beneatha, who perfectly contrast mama’s conservative and old-fashioned quality. Beneatha represents a liberated generation of women. Unlike Mama, she would never allow such behavior in a man. She would perhaps challenge Mama 's lack of vigor in dealing with her sexist

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