Raisin In The Sun Walter Selfish

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A wise person once said, “Sometimes we have to let go of what’s killing us, even if it’s killing us to let go.” A man will always try to do what’s best for his family. But does he always know what’s best for the family? In A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry debuts a thirty-five year old man who thinks life revolves around money. Walter Lee Younger, a selfish, careless, and disobedient man will do anything to own a liquor store, but in the end will eventually learn some things are not meant to be. Walter’s mistakes, eventually, bring him to grasp what’s truly important. In 1950s Chicago, the Younger family lives in a small crowded apartment. Mama, the head of the household, shares a bedroom with her daughter Beneatha. Ruth, the …show more content…
Mama, of course, is very lenient at first. Ruth actually talks to Mama about Walter’s dream. Ruth states to Mama “No, Mama, something is happening between Walter and me. I don’t know what it is- but he needs something-something I can’t give him anymore. He needs this chance, Lena”. (42) Mama finally caves in letting Walter be in charge of the money. She specifically asks him to put half the money in the bank for Beneatha. Being the selfish man he is, Walter instead takes all of the money and puts it towards obtaining a liquor license behind Mamas back. Walter then learns the money he put in a liquor license was lost due to a …show more content…
Walter tells the whole family his proposition about taking the money. Everyone disagrees with Walter’s decision and tries to talk him out of it. Walter claims he’s totally fine with taking the money from the people. Mr. Lindner, the man offering the money, stops by to give the money to Walter. Mama tells Walter “You make something inside me cry, son. Some awful pain inside me”. (143) After hearing what everyone had to say about the deal, Walter realizes what he’s doing goes against his morals. Walter states how his family has worked for what they have and will continue working. Walter then tells Mr. Lindner to leave and tells him they are going to keep their house. In conclusion, Walter learns sometimes dreams are not meant to be and sometimes it’s better to let go. Walter starts out as a man who will do anything in his power to own a liquor store. He takes the money Mama gave him and ends up losing all of it. His family cannot believe what happened and Walter tries to fix it. Walter being the money-happy man he is, tries to solve his problem by accepting the money from the community. As Walter’s about to accept the money he recognizes money may not be the most important object in the

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