Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun Essay

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	Society in the 1959 was full of racial discrimination. White and blacks were still living in their own "areas", the public as a whole was very slow to accept the concept of mixed neighborhoods – blacks and white living together. This book, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, tells the story of a lower-class black family’s struggle to gain middle –class acceptance in the Southside of Chicago. The Younger family of five, four adults and one child live in a cramped apartment in one of the poorer sections of town. The dream of owning your own business and having all the money you will ever need is a goal held by many in society, then and now. Walter Lee Younger becomes obsessed with his dream of a …show more content…
He is so fanatic about his dream, that he is uncaring to his family. He talks non-stop about his dream but still shouts; "WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE LISTEN TO ME TODAY!" (70). Walter is so addicted to his dream that it overshadows everything else that is going on.

Walter is so selfish that as the story unfolds and Walter realizes that Mama has made a down payment on a house in a white middle class neighborhood he feels like his dream has been butchered. Walter says to Mama "… You run our lives like you want to…" (95). Mama after realizing that Walter needs to feel like ‘the man of the house’, gives him the balance of the money. The dream of having the money gets bigger and bigger as he talks to his son Travis. He runs through a scenario to Travis that takes him from the selfish to the ridiculous. Walter has to make his dream a reality out of desperation. Walter is not a very smart businessman and gives the money to one of his friends Willy. Willy runs off with the money and Walter is now consumed with anger, helplessness, self- hate and grief. His dream is dead and he has no one to blame but himself.

Walter finally shows pride and dignity by turning down the offer of money to not move into the house. These are new characteristics for Walter. He no longer seems to be obsessed with a get quick rich scheme or consumed his own selfish wants; instead he is facing the realities of his situation. Walter

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