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A raisin in the sun

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A raisin in the sun coursework In this essay I am going to analyse how Lorraine Hansberry presents the transformation of Walter in the play 'A raisin in the sun'. The pages I'm going to concentrate on are pages 1787 and 1788. A raisin in the sun portrays a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. When the play opens, the Youngers are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. This money comes from the deceased Mr. Younger's life insurance policy. Each of the adult members of the family has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. The matriarch of the family, Mama, wants to buy a house to fulfil a dream she shared with her husband. Mama's son, Walter Lee, would rather use the money to invest in a liquor store with his friends. He believes that the investment will solve the family's financial problems forever. Walter's wife, Ruth, agrees with Mama, however, and hopes that she and Walter can provide more space and opportunity for their son, Travis. ...read more.

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He tries to get the point across that they are 'very plain people'. Walter again looks away from Mr Lindner and 'down at his shoes' and then back up at him. This shows that he can't maintain eye contact with Mr Lindner. This makes Walter feel shy because he is speaking to someone who is higher classed and who he feels is superior to him. He again tries to get the point across that they are plain people by telling Mr Lindner their current situation such as how he has been 'a chauffer' most of his life and how Ruth is a domestic worker in people's kitchens. All this confuses Mr Lindner as he doesn't know what Walter is trying to get across instead he listens to him and see what he has got to say. Walter now starts to tell Mr Lindner how his father 'almost beat a man to death once because this man called him a bad name or something'. Walter asks Mr Lindner if he knows what he is talking about, he replies 'no, I'm afraid I don't' this makes Walter feel as if he is the only one that understands what it feels like so he gains confidence in himself and straightens up. ...read more.

Conclusion

In my opinion I think Walter is like any other American- African in that time. He believes that money is the only thing he needs to solve all his problems but little does he know that he needs to listen to his family and not just himself. I also think that all the male roles such as Willy and his friends are bad influences on Walter as they persuaded him to give them his money which they ran off with. However the female roles such as mama and Ruth were a good influence as they all stuck together even when Walter was against them and helped Walter to see what he is throwing away. Lorraine Hansberry is trying to say that Black people in the 1950s experienced a life of discrimination in one way or another. They got here today by having defiance and strength in themselves. Even though they were not treated as equals by some white people, however they made a stand which gave them dignity and the power to be treated as equals. Though black people try to fit into a white neighbourhood they should still remember their roots and how they got here. ...read more.

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