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Raisin in the Sun - Money can break and mend families depending on the usage of money. This is explored in the play, Raisin in the Sun; and Lorraine Hansberry portrays Walter as an obsessed person about money

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Introduction

Money is Not Everything Money can break and mend families depending on the usage of money. This is explored in the play, Raisin in the Sun; and Lorraine Hansberry portrays Walter as an obsessed person about money when Mama refuses to give the check to Walter. After, when Walter finally receives the money from Mama, he becomes happy and more positive. Later, when he loses the money, he becomes depressed which shows his need for money. Walters's true change happens when he refuses the money from Lindner, which shows his pride and his selflessness. Hansberry shows Walter's change from being engrossed in money to more proud and family centered person through the choices Walter has made. In the play, Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry shows Walter's character as a man possessed by money when Walter is refused money from Mama. When Mama gets a check for her husbands' death, Walter comes in the apartment excited about the money that Mama had just received. ...read more.

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'Me neither. That's how long it's been.' Since Walter's hunger for money is satisfied he changes his attitude and cleans up his act as a husband. Since it's been 'so long' that shows how long Walter has been obsessed with money. His happiness thanks to the money shows how Walter is still is in love with money, but his actions toward his wife shows how he looks at things in life more positively, and believes that the money will fix everything. Later, when Walter loses the money that Mama has given him, his actions shows his depression at losing the money. "At left we can see Walter within his room, alone with himself. He is stretched out on his bed, his shirt out and open, his arms under his head. He does not smoke, he does not cry out, he merely lies there, looking up at the ceiling, much as if he were alone in the world" (131). Hansberry displays Walters actions of 'alone with himself' and 'not cry out, merely lies there, looking up at the ceiling' shows the abrupt change from being happy and the top of the world, to being on the bottom and in the slumps. ...read more.

Conclusion

(He looks the man absolutely in the eyes) We don't want your money. (He turns and walks away)"(148). Walter breaks through and money is not the main focus anymore. "(He looks the man absolutely in the eyes)" shows his determination to not let money rule his life anymore. When Walter says, "We don't want your money," Hansberry shows how money is not important and he turns it down for the sake of family and pride. Hansberry concludes the end of the play by showing Walter's breakthrough from the grasp of money by refusing money from Lindner. With the choices that Walter makes, Hansberry shows Walter's change from being infatuated with money to being more selfless. With Walter's refusal of money from Lindner, his happiness and depression from receiving and losing the money, and the hysteria and determination, Hansberry shows Walter's change in terms of selflessness. Money can easily possess peoples' mind and it is difficult to break away from that hold. The only way that money can be positive is being sacrificed for the greater good. Walter had a serious change in character after the events in the play from beginning to the end. 1 ...read more.

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