A Raisin in the Sun
By Lorraine Hansberry
Man Vs. Man
Walter is struggling with himself because no one will listen to his dreams and what he wants to do with the liquor store and why he wants to own a liquor store. Walter takes the money that Mama gives him and gives it to Willy. When he finds out Willy took the money and ran Walter struggles with his guilt for giving his dads money away and Beneatha's college money. "That money is made out of my father's flesh" (Hansberry 128).
Characterization and Quest for the American Dream
Walter wanted to own his own liquor store with Willy and Bobo, that was his 'American dream' but in the end Will took the money. Walter only wanted to own a liquor store because he wanted to provide for his family and give Travis a good life. In the end of the book Walter changes his mind about taking up Lindner offer because he knew how happy it would make his family to own a house of their own. "And we have decided to move into our house because my father --- my father --- he earned it for us brick by brick" (Hansberry 148).
Mama wanted to own a house to give to Travis and make everyone happy. She wanted to own a garden. She took the money and bought the house and in the end of the story she was sad to see the apartment to go but she was happy to be leaving also. "She looks around at all the walls and ceilings and suddenly, despite herself, while the children call below, a great heaving thing rises inher and she puts her fist to her mouth to stifle it, take a desperate look, pulls her coat about her, pats her hat and goes out" (Hansberry 151).
Beneatha wants to become a doctor but Walter took her school money and gave it to Willy. She felt that there was no point to even try to become a doctor anymore. After talking to Asagai she changes her mind and decides to get her doctor degree and move to Africa with Asagai and do her practice there. "Mama, Asagai asked me to marry him today and go to Africa ---" (Hansberry 149).
The American Dream is attainable you just have to have faith in your family and accept change to your dreams.
It is to show growth, strength, and change. "Beneatha: "Mama, what are you doing?" Mama: "Fixing my plant so it won't get hurt none on the way." Beneatha: "Mama, you going to take that to the new house?" Mama: "Uh-huh" Beneatha: "That raggedy-looking old thing?" Mama: "It expresses me!"" (Hensberry 121).
It shows some dark and depressing moments, they want sunlight. When they move out, some sunlight approaches the living room, which expresses happiness. "Ruth: "I don't never want to see your ugly face again!...Lena?" Mama: "Yes, Honey?" Ruth: "Is there - is there a whole lot of sunlight?" Mama: "Yes, child, there's a whole lot of sunlight"" (Hunsberry 94).
Their apartment is small, crammed, dull, and depressing. They all wanted to live the American Dream by living in a nice house with nice neighbors, white picketed fence. "Walter: "And we have decided to move into our house because my father" (Hansberry 148).
Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.