Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin Of The Sun Essay examples

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Age is Just a Number Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun, tactfully portrays the development of a childish man into a fully developed adult through his trials and errors during a racist era. Walter Lee, son of Lena (Mama) Younger, has been given the opportunity to teach his son, Travis, what it is to be a man. Given the moment, Walter finally discovers his own “manhood” and tells the white community where he and the family stand (pg. 151). Lena Younger had just inherited her late husband’s insurance money of ten-thousand dollars. While she would like to save the money for her daughters schooling and a house for the family, Walter Lee had different plans in mind. Walter’s biggest battle started with his own childish fantasy. He wanted to use all of the money to invest in a liquor store that could possibly make money if it worked (pg. 33). Just like a child enveloped in a dream to be a millionaire, Walter speaks to his mother exclaiming that money “is life”, and not freedom (pg. 74). He does not even consider thinking of other’s ideas and opinions of the money, but instead only cares about making as much of it as he possibly can. Lena had referred to years of slavery for blacks when she mentioned to Walter that freedom used to be life, and not money. Walter did not even recognized the importance of being grateful to the freedom that he possesses, unlike those before him who never saw freedom. Eventually, Walter used the money in an investment behind the…

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