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A Raisin In The Sun Literary Analysis

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Providing for your family and yourself is a important key to survival, in “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry the Youngers know the true struggle of survival in the 1960s being an african-American family in a low income neighborhood. The family of five (soon to be six) living in a two bedroom apartment must share everything and live paycheck to paycheck. The play itself shows the hardships the family are trying to overcome poverty, but once they receive knowledge of a check that is, ten-thousand dollars, coming for Lena (Mama) Younger from the life insurance of the Youngers’ (Walter Younger Senior) deceased father. Since the coming of the check everyone seems to have their own plans for the check. The check changed everything, we…show more content…
(Transitional phrase) Once that check was gone so was the family's hopes and dreams of moving out of poverty into a new home. Ruth, wife to Walter Younger Jr. and mother to Travis younger (she’s also pregnant), tired and worn out from working, cleaning the “white folks” houses and taking care of her family is so desperate to move into their new home she offers to work harder and longer to be able to pay for the move and house.
“RUTH (Turning and going to MAMA fast-the words pouring out with urgency and desperation) Lena--I’ll work...I’ll work twenty hours a say in all the kitchens in
Chicago...I’ll strap my baby on my back if I have to and scrub all the floors in America and wash all the sheets in America if I have to---but we got to MOVE! We got to get
OUT OF HERE!!” ( Act 3 Scene 1)
Ruth just want to get out of poverty and to have a happy family. She doesn’t want to lose her opportunity to get out of the too small dilapidated apartment of which her family is forced to live in do to their lack of finances. (Transitional phrase) To make the matters worse a white man named Mr. Linder comes to the Youngers to pay them not to move into their new home. Walter was so desperate for the money that he accepts Mr. Linder’s money, but realizing how badly he's treated his family, how desperately they want to get out of the slums, and remembering his father’s sacrifices he has a change of heart.
WALTER And we have decided to move into our house because my father--my
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