A Raisin In The Sun Family Analysis

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In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, the Younger family faces a collective dilemma when it comes to family situations and having a shortage of money. Family is one of the central ideas in this play and without their love-hate family relationship, this family would not be this strong. There are moments when hardships tear this family apart, but there are also times when family is what puts them together. Because most of the time, all this family cares about is money, disagreements arise and conflicts occur. Walter, being the man of the household, is often times not seen as being the man in his family. Ruth, who is his wife sometimes even belittles him because of his financial status. Walter’s mom also known as Mama, also sees him as still her little boy that hasn’t grown up yet. Beneatha, Walter’s younger sister oftentimes contradict what Walter has to say. The Younger family goes through many hardships due to their low financial status and because of this, family breaking and bonding are both presented. Wealth is a constant topic discussed within the Younger family and it also constantly …show more content…
As per stage directions in the beginning of Act I, Scene I, Travis is a ten or eleven year old little boy. The fact that even this young child is worrying about money first thing in the morning represents the importance of having money in this household. Continuing on to when Travis asks Ruth for fifty cents, Ruth doesn’t give Travis the money and says that they don’t have. However, Walter steps in and gives Travis the fifty cents he asked for along with an extra fifty cents. While giving Travis the money, Walter adds, “... Buy yourself some fruit today- or take a taxicab to school or something!” By doing this, Walter pridefully sees himself as doing the right thing by giving his son money. In this particular section, there is another disagreement shown between Walter and

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