A Raisin in the Sun
By: Isabella, Kaitlyn, Michael, and Terry. English 3, P:8
Characterization and Quest for the American Dream
Walter: "Sometimes it's like I can see the future stretched out in front of me- just plain as day. the future, mama. hanging over there at the edge of my days. Just waiting for me- a big, looming space- full of nothing. just waiting for me. but it don't have to be. Mama- sometimes when I'm downtown and I pace them cool, quiet- looking restaurants where them white boys are sitting back and talking 'bout things... sitting there turning deals worth millions of dollars... sometimes I see guys don't look much older than me-" (Hansberry 73-74). This connects because it shows how Walter wants to feel as successful as the white boys are and be able to be in better looking restaurants talking about his dream business.
Mama: "I am afraid you don't understand. my son said we was going to move and there ain't nothing left for me to say. you know how these young folks is nowadays, mister. cant do a thing with 'em! Goodbye" (Hansberry 149). This connects because Mama stood up to Mr. Linder when he was trying make the Youngers not move into the neighborhood due to their skin color.
Mr. Linder: "Well--I don't understand why you people are reacting this way. what do you think you're going to gain by moving into a neighborhood where you just aren't wanted and where some elements- well- people can get awful worked up when they feel that their whole way of life and everything they've ever worked for is threatened" (Hansberry 119). This connects because his dream is for the Youngers not to move into his neighborhood so his neighborhood could stay color free.
Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun: A Drama in Three Acts. New York: Random House, 1959. Print.
A Raisin in the Sun. Dir. Kenney Leon. Random House, 2008. Film.