Walter Lee Younger Character Analysis

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Walter Lee Younger: an ambitious, hard working, family-man. Crazed for success in a world where success for a black man is nearly impossible. That, however, doesn’t stop Walter. He has to be brave, strong, and caring in a world that doesn't care for him. How many times can you stand back up after constantly being knocked down? In A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry portrays Walter as a man who thinks he has failed. Walter does everything in his power to try to make something of himself, even if it means failing a couple times on the way.

In the not so sunny, south side of Chicago during the 1950s lives the Younger family: an African American family consisting of Lena: the mother of Walter, Ruth: the wife of Walter, Beneatha: the sister
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Although dreaming big shouldn’t cause problems, it does. Walter's dream depends on the life insurance check from his father's death, however; it was left in Lena’s name. She wants to use the check to buy herself a small house in a nice neighborhood with a garden. Walter has to convince her that using the money to invest in a liquor store is a smarter idea, but Lena won’t budge. She tells Walter how she hates what he’s becoming and that he is too hungry for money that it's getting in the way of his family life. Ruth is pregnant and is having a baby that Walter still doesn't know about becuase of how focused on this dream of his. Walter and Ruth are having breakfast when he starts telling her about the investment idea. Ruth turns it down and says, “Eat your eggs, they gonna be cold.” Walter, “... Man say to his woman, I got me a dream. His woman say: Eat your eggs…” Ruth, “Walter, that aint none of our money.” Walter, “... I was lookin’ in the mirror and thinking about it. Im thirty-five years old; I been married eleven years and I got a boy who sleeps in the living room and all I got to give him is stories about how rich white people live…” Ruth, “Eat your eggs, Walter.” Walter, “DAMN MY EGGS - DAMN ALL THE EGGS THAT EVER WAS!”(34)
These quotes show how determined and motivated Walter is to be successful. He feels he’s failed in life and wants to make a change but Ruth tells him to, “Eat your eggs…” Ruth

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