short story Essay

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RAISIN IN THE SUN
QUOTATIONS FOR WRITING
THE FAMILY & THE AMERICAN DREAM
WALTER:

DREAMS OF SUCCESS:
• Walter talks about the missed business opportunity with Charlie Atkins. P.32
• Complains that he has nothing to pass on to Travis. “I have been married eleven years and I got a boy who sleeps in the livingroom -- and all I got to give him is stories about how rich white people live…” p. 34
• To Mama: “Do you know what this money means to me? Do you know what this money can do for us? Mama—Mama—I want so many things.” P. 73
• Mama: “Son, how come you talk so much ‘bout money?” Walter: “Because, it is life, Mama!” Mama: “Oh—so now its life. Money is life. Once upon a time freedom use to be life—now its money. I guess the world
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• Ruth: “Oh Walter—ain’t you with nobody!” Walter: “No! ‘Cause ain’t nobody with me! Not even my own mother!” p. 85
• “Walter—What you ain’t never understood is that I ain’t got nothing, don’t own nothing, ain’t never really wanted nothing that wasn’t for you. There ain’t nothing as precious to me…There ain’t nothing worth holding on to, money, dreams, nothing else—if it means—if it means it’s going to destroy my boy.” P. 106
DIGNITY AS A MAN
• “Mama, a job? I open and close car doors all day long. I drive a man around in his limousine and I say, ‘Yes, sir; no, sir; very good, sir; shall I take the
Drive, sir?’ Mama, that ain’t no kind of job… that ain’t nothing at all.” P. 73
• “Sometimes its like I can see the future stretched out in front of me—just plain as day. The future, Mama. Hanging over there at the edge of my days.
Just waiting for me—a big, looming blank space—full of nothing. Just waiting for me. But it don’t have to be.” P. 73,74
• Mama to Walter: “I’m waiting to hear how you be your father’s son. Be the man he was… Your wife say she going to destroy your child. And I’m waiting to hear you talk like him and say we a people who give children life, not who destroys them-- I’m waiting to see you stand up and look like your

daddy and say we done give up one baby to poverty and that we ain’t going to give up nary another one …I’m waiting. … You are a disgrace to your father’s memory.” P. 75
• “In my heart of hearts—I am

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