Analysis Of Lorraine Hansberry 's ' A Raisin Of The Sun '

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Worthless money itself
All money brings is nothing but dreams and evil. Where there is money there is also dishonesty or corruption.. In a play called “A Raisin In The Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, she focuses on the struggle that was faced by one African American family from late 1950s. As the play opens, the family are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. This money comes from the death of Mr.Younger’s insurance policy. Everyone was very excited and were waiting for the money to be delivered. Each of the family members had an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. As the play continued the family begins to break apart because money played a negatively influence on the family. Hansberry uses the Younger …show more content…

Ruth do not want Travis to think about money here. As Walter came out from shower, he heard everything. He told Ruth “What you tell the boy things like that for?” ( Hansberry 925). And took out some coins and gave them to Travis. Walter wanted to show Travis that they are living in a dream. He wanted Travis to know that money is the way of life. This shows that Travis and Walter both lost their dignity because they were blinded by money and living in the dream of material wealth. Secondly, Walter viewed money as life. Money made him think of him reaching the pinnacle of his dream. Walter told Beneatha “You know the check is coming tomorrow” (Hansberry 928) which clearly demonstrate his eagerness for the money. Throughout the play, money is dominating his thoughts and he never stops asking about the money check that is coming from his father’s death insurance policy. He can not wait for it to come and make his dream come true. All Walter wants was to invest the money into the liquor store. In the play, when Walter heard Mama had bought house with the money, Walter was really upset with Mama. Bitterly Walter said “So that’s the peace and comfort you went out and bought for us today!” ( Hansberry 961). Walter lost his dignity and honor here because his uncontrollable desire for the money makes him really angry towards his Mama. As the play continues, Mama had some money left for Beneatha 's schooling and some of money for Walter

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