Walter Lee and her family disapproved of her becoming a doctor as it was not so common for women at the time to be doctors, Walter’s disapproval was reflected heavily when he says “Who the hell told you you had to be a doctor? If you so crazy ‘bout messing ‘round with sick people- then go be a nurse like other women- or just get married and be quiet…” (Hansberry 38) Hansberry shows with this line what the perception of women was back in the 1950’s , and how it was almost impossible for young black women to achieve their dreams, but Beneatha wanted to pursue her dream whether her education was paid by Mama’s money or not. At the end of the play when she finds out the Walter Lee lost all the money that was supposed to be saved for her future medical education. She finds herself deeply disappointed as well as sad at the fact that Walter might’ve cost her, a lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. She felt like giving up on her dream until Asagai makes her realize that her brother losing the money was just an excuse for her to no longer pursue her dream when he tells her “Your brother made a mistake and you are grateful to him so that now you can give up the ailing human race on account of it!
The first part of her dream may be deferred because of the money Walter loses. Her dream is also one deferred for all women. Beneatha lives in a time when society expects women to build homes rather than careers. As for saving her race from ignorance, Beneatha believes she can make people understand through action, but the exact course she chooses remains unclear at the end of the play. Walter dreams of becoming wealthy and providing for his family as the rich people he drives around do.
However, when a women is looked at just as herself and not as a rich man’s daughter she is not seen a colleague to men but as an object that is to be pitied. Another example where setting comes into play is the mood created when Mabel tries to kiss Dr. Ferguson after he rescues her. He doesn’t want to kiss her. It takes everything he has just to look at her, but at the same time he can not turn away and escape the look in her eye (Lawrence 463). This creates a sympathetic mood because Dr. Ferguson feels bad for Maybel who has just become poor and attempted to kill herself.
To begin, Hansberry uses Lena Younger(Mama) as one of the characters who had a negative effect from her dream being deferred or put off. Mama is the mother of Beneatha and Walter Younger and widow to Walter Sr. Her dream was she wanted to build a happy family and believes one step toward this goal is to own a bigger and better place to live. But is put off when her husband dies and he leaves behind a 10,000$ check behind of his life earnings. Upon learning that her husband was the key to her dream and when he dies so does her dream Mama first realizes that her dream had died.
Lena is a very old lady, but she kept on working and making good decisions for the family. When Walter asked Lena for money, she said no to Walter because she knows that it is the wrong thing to execute. Yet, when she finally let Walter have the money because Walter is tearing the family. Walter lost the money to his malevolent friend. Lena regretted her decision for letting Walter have the money.
Not considering the fact that his wife might possibly have an important topic to discuss. Walter just continues to proceed in asking Mama for the money for his dream a liquor store. However, Mama only shuts him down, because investing in the family is more vital than a store. As his persisting comes to an end
In the domestic tragedy play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, describes how a family is dealing with financial expenses. The expenses are outrageous because Lena, also known as Mama, has a daughter named Beneatha and attends medical school while the family is paying for the house. The family wants to move into a nicer house, and they work hard to get there. Mama is expecting a ten thousand dollar check inherited by her husband that had died. The father, Walter, wants to buy a liquor store and to finally be in control, but the wife, Ruth, and, Mama, do not want him to.
“Would it not be better for him to die at once, and go to wait for her in the blessed regions of semi-barbaric futurity?” (6). With no regard to the man’s possible desires, she feels better for him to die than let him marry other woman. The self-centered princess focus on her not only prevents any possibility of true love, and it will cause her to demonstrate the opposite by sending her lover to his death. The princess’s selfishness causes her to decide to send her lover to the
While Phaedra was sick and her nurse was trying to figure out the cause, Phaedra states, “But for me, honor lies in silence”(Hippolytus, 329) this shows that Phaedra never even wanted to admit her love for Hippolytus and chose to keep it to herself even if it meant she would fall ill. Later, when Phaedra’s nurse got her to admit the cause of her sickness, Phaedra explains, “At first when love had struck me, I reflected how best to bear it. Silence was my first plan: to conceal that illness”(Hippolytus 393-395) to prove that she decided it best to keep her feelings a secret. She further explains, “Next, I believed that I can conquer love, conquer it with discretion and good sense. And when that too failed me, I resolved to die”(Hippolytus, 398-400), Phaedra explained her whole plan on how she was going to go about her feelings for Hippolytus and none of it ever mentions trying to fulfill them. Phaedra also states, “I cannot bear that I should be discovered a traitor to my husband and my children”(Hippolytus, 420-421) to make clear where her loyalties lie and to prove that she would never do anything that went against her family.
It was because of Mitty’s imagination that his wife had such acrimony with him. “ ‘It’s one of your days. I wish you’d let Dr. Renshaw look you over.’ ” is what Mrs. Mitty tells Walter. By telling them this what she is really saying is that she believes his imagination needs to be fixed, she thinks that his visions are an interruption to their life and nothing more than something she can send to the doctor and get fixed. Walter Mitty would most likely hear similar words from his wife every time he had a fantasy, over time this would make him start to think that it was something that needed to be fixed as well, instead of learning to love his gift.