In the play A Raisin in the Sun, three generations of women are represented. Lena is the default head of household after her husband passes away. She believes, like most women of her time, that men should make the important decisions. Ruth is somewhere in between the two, is usually outspoken, and vocalizes her frustrations, yet aims to please her husband. She is willing to do whatever it takes to better the life her family. Beneatha is a young feminist college student who is not at all tolerant of society's unequal treatment and expectations of women. This play demonstrates the importance of how women's ideas have changed over time through the eyes of three generations.
No matter how hard they try, there are some people who cannot get ahead in life. Walter Lee Younger is a man who is frustrated with his current position in life, and every disappointment he has encountered thus far. Although he tries to be a loving man, sometimes he does not know how to show the idea of love, "Sometimes...sometimes...I don't even know how to try" (Hansberry 89). His position in life can be regarded as symbolic of every black male struggling to provide for his family by any means necessary. Although Walter has a job, it seems inadequate for his survival. As a result, he has become frustrated and lacks good judgement. Throughout this play Walter searches for the key ingredient that will make his life blissful. His
At the beginning of the play Walter Lee younger believes that manhood stems from being able to provide for one’s family. We first encounter Walter’s concept of manhood when he and Ruth are arguing over breakfast and Walter says, “I’m 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…” (Hansberry 478). This begins to show his ideas because it shows that he is getting older and he still cannot provide for his family. One thing that might hurt Walter the most
What would you do if you were in a family crisis and given a 10,000 for your family member passing away? In the play Walter Younger goes through many different moral problems and has bad ego due to the money that has been given to the family. In this play during the late 1950s, there was a lot of racial problems, black skin color was discriminated and abused. Walter younger shows that he cares more about money rather than caring about his families care and well being. He rather open up a liquor store to get more money and keep his family living in the ran down apartment not thinking about all of the bad stuff that can possibly happen to his kin. Throughout this book making this a great mood changing book to read many sequal of events happen throughout the book.
In some plays the experience of an important character changes him or her. In others the experiences of an important character leaves him or her almost completely unchanged. In Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Walter Lee Younger goes from being selfish to being the man his family needs. The road to becoming the man they needed was very rocky and difficult at times.
The Younger family has not been able to experience the finer things in life, and Walter, being the authoritative male figure, feels he is at fault knows that a change is needed. Walter’s solution is to use his father’s life insurance money to fund the acquiring of a liquor license. The women of the household are always ordering around Walter. It’s Ruth, Mama, or Beneatha telling him how to run things, and when he gets a chance to take the initiative by using the money to invest in his liquor license, his friend betrays him, and his dreams are crushed.
In the past, mischievous boy, now the man, could not find his place in life and continues to roll along from one scam to another. Now, he is being chased by mobsters from whom he stole the money, and he is in mortal danger from which he had taken refuge in his mother's house. Louie knows his mother the "iron women," but realizes that her foreign callousness is a heightened sense of duty and the result of the hard struggle for survival. At the same time, Uncle Louie is a kind and good-natured with his nephews and gives them that direct communication that they are lacking and all the inhabitants of the "cold house." The boys are supporting him too, even Jay at the risk of life helps him to get away from his pursuers. But Bella is more impressive. 36-year-old women with the immediacy of a little girl and with desires of an adult woman. The conflict between her and mother reveals generational conflict in this play. In this case, a harsh mother ruthless control of a daughter’s personality suppressed and deprived Bella’s opportunity to grow up. The scene of their explanations is written at a very high emotional level. This fragment produced a deep impression that gives a very high grade of the play. But the final look “natural,” in which Bella is belated, but “becomes free.”
No matter how hard they try, there are some people who cannot get ahead in life. Walter Lee Younger is a man who is frustrated with his current position in life, and every disappointment he has encountered thus far. Although he tries to be a loving man, sometimes he does not know how to show the idea of love, 'Sometimes...sometimes...I don't even know how to try' (Hansberry 89). His position in life can be regarded as symbolic of every black male struggling to provide for his family by any means necessary. Although Walter has a job, it seems inadequate for his survival. As a result, he has become frustrated and lacks good judgement. Throughout this play Walter searches
changing attitudes toward life and the other characters in the play, particularly the women; and his reflection on the
In the play Walter Lee Younger Junior is a 35-year protagonist who can't provide or stand up to be the man to his family. Walter Lee Younger Junior suffered so hard and he was tired of they way him and his family were living in poverty and he's trying to take away poverty from his family and try to figure out a new, and better ways to secure its economic prosperity. Walter is going insane due to all
In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Walter Younger wants to be a “real man”. His dream is to become successful in business and make his family rich. However, when all his money is stolen, he becomes very pessimistic, abandoning the ideas of morality and dignity. At the end of the play, his son Travis inspires him to value his family’s pride over materialism. Over the course of the play, Walter’s view of manhood changes from someone wealthy and successful to a person who has pride and believes in human dignity.
As the “man” of the house, Walter serves as both protagonist and antagonist of the play. Throughout the entirety story, Walter makes mistakes that hurt the family, but he ultimately becomes the hero. The plot shows how evolves as person and realizes the importance of family. Walter is the stereotypical mid-twentieth-century African-American male. As the man of the house, he is expected to be the foundation of the family, but he often failed to do so. With every obstacle the Younger’s faced, Walter believed money would solve it. He dreamt of opening a liquor store and “getting rich quick”. However, things did not go his way. Eventually, he realized that he cannot help his family out of the mess he made for them. He realized that buying the house
The setting of this play was back in the late 1700s in England. During this time period the main focus in life was wealth and status. A person was defined by their