Social Injustices In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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In the play A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry explores issues revolving around race and class. She creates the character of Walter Lee Younger to express the issues that African American males struggle with, specifically social injustices. Because of the racial and discriminatory barriers that are stacked against him, Walter struggles to support his family. He will have to deal with obstacles that keep him from achieving his dreams and that ultimately change him as a man. Walter Lee Younger is a determined son, father, and husband who is eager to pursue his dreams. Many say that he his a desperate man, struck by a racial burden. That doesn't stop him from dreaming. He’s captivated with owning his own liquor store. He assumes his potential…show more content…
One of the biggest factors is systemic racism in relation to obtaining the amount of funding needed. People of color have a very distinct disadvantage, they have been forced live in lifetimes of legal segregation, followed by pervasive racist housing policies, and they are deprived in every aspect of life. Where you live can help decide what food you eat, what job you get, and how safe you are. He intends to go into business with his dear friend Willie Harris to reduce the initial investment cost. His fraction of the investment would come from his deceased father's life insurance payout worth a total of $10,000, nowadays worth just under $85,000. The way this money is spent is to the discretion of his mother, Mama. Walter pleads his case to his mother about how his family is his motivation: “Do you know what this money means to me? Do you know what this money can do for us? Mama—Mama—I want so many things.” (Hansberry 73). Mama refuses to is to provide him the amount of money that is required to fulfill his dream. The most evident obstacle is the prejudice that people of color are forced to deal with. The pressures and constraints created by racism and poverty create desperation, confusion, despair, anger, and tension throughout the entire Younger household. Such is evident in distinct dialogue between the family members. Ruth (His wife) states, “Oh Walter—ain’t you with nobody!”, In response Walter claims “No! ‘Cause ain’t nobody with me! Not even my own mother!” (Hansberry 85). In another example of frustration Walter states, “WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE LISTEN TO ME TODAY!” (Hansberry
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