Lorraine Hansberry 's A Raisin Essay

1066 Words Feb 9th, 2016 5 Pages
A Raisin in the Sun In the play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, the play centers around the Youngers. The Youngers are an African-American family afflicted with poverty, however, their eventual escape from poverty materialize in the form of a Life Insurance check of $10,000 from Mr. Younger’s death. Mama (Lena Younger), Walter (Mama’s son), Beneatha (Mama’s daughter), and Ruth (Mama’s daughter-in-law) live under the same roof and plan do various things with the money. Mama would like to purchase a house with the money; Walter would like sustenance, so he decides that it is best to invest in a business; and Beneatha, a controversial character for the time, would like to use the money to pay for her college. Neither of the family members are willing to give up their dream in support for the other. The main conflict revolves around what aspect of the American Dream each family member is going after. Walter, the main character, truly epitomizes the struggle for the American Dream. He has a very authentic ambition to progress upwards in the society. He wants to create a better future for his family and himself by investing money in the Liquor store business (this would give the family a stable source of income). Walter attempts to converse about this with Ruth, but is rudely interrupted by her when she encourages him to eat his breakfast. Walter gets frustrated and replies aggravated, “Man say to his woman: I got me a dream. His woman say: Eat your eggs. (Sadly, but…

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