Character Analysis Of Walter Lee 's ' A Raisin Of The Sun ' And Fences '

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In the two plays, A Raisin in the Sun, and Fences, the plot is centered around an African American man living in the city with his family. In A Raisin in the Sun, that man is Walter Lee, who is middle aged, and works as a chauffeur for a rich white man. In Fences, it is Troy Maxson, who is in his fifties, and he works for the sanitation department lifting garbage into trucks. The two of them are fathers of boys, Walter Lee having one, and Troy having two (until the end in which he has a girl). Throughout the story, they are concerned with fathering their children, and being a fatherly figure in the household. This meant being the strong patriarch in both cases. So, throughout both plays, Walter Lee and Troy Maxson were often concerned over money, and how it played into their patriarchal duties. In both plays, the tension regarding money interacts with Walter and Troy’s views of what it means to be a man in regards to providing for their family, making money for pride, and making money for control. Walter Lee and Troy view providing for their family as a very important part of their manhood. The both of them feel a sense of obligation to be the lead contributor to their family. Walter Lee desperately wants to prove himself as a man in Fences, and he wants to do that by providing for the family. When Mama tells him that he is not allowed to invest in the liquor store, he says the following:
You ain’t looked at it and you don’t aim to have to speak on that again? You ain’t…

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