A Raisin In The Sun Walter Selfish

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The Youngers are a poor African-American family living in Chicago. An opportunity to escape poverty comes in the form of a $10,000 life insurance check that the matriarch of the family ( Mama) receives upon her husband 's death. In the beginning of the play Walter was selfish and wanted nothing but the ten thousand dollar insurance check from his dad 's death to invest in a liquor store to get rich quickly. Throughout the story Walter learns that his family being happy and moving into a new house was more important than his own selfish wants. On Saturday, the day the Youngers were expecting the ten thousand dollar check to come in the mail. Walter receives a call from Willie harris who is putting together the plans for the potential liquor…show more content…
Later on in the play, a white man named Mr. Linder bribes the family with money so they wouldn’t move into the new house but the family doesn’t take the offer.Later in act three Mama announces that they are not going to move, Ruth protests the idea. Walter called Mr. Linder and invited him to come over with his intentions to take his offer of money in exchange to not move anymore. “ (looking at his sister) we are going to do business with him.” Though this is later in the story it still goes to show Walter is still somewhat obsessed with having more money and doing what he wants with it. Mr. Linder arrives at the Youngers house and Walter is left to deal with him. Linder started to lay out contracts for Walter to sign. Walter then became hesitant, we then see that he has changed his mind about accepting the offer. Walter then starts giving a speech which as it goes on, it builds in power. He tells Mr. Linder that the Youngers are hardworking people and that they intend to move into their new house no matter what. Mr. Linder leaves and the family finishes packing up while the movers come to take the furniture. Mama shares with Ruth that she thinks Walter has finally become a man by standing up to Mr. Linder. Ruth agreed, seeming very proud of her husband. Everyone then leaves the apartment, Mama was
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