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Examples Of Heroism In A Raisin In The Sun

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What would you do if you were told your dream would never come true? Dreams are what people hold onto to motivate us to achieve our goals. The Youngers are a poor African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago. With an opportunity to escape from poverty comes in the form of a $10,000 life insurance check that the matriarch of the family receives upon her husband 's death. Each of the adult members of the family has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. As the play progresses, the Youngers clash over their competing dreams. In “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, the role of the hero stays the same in Act I and Act II, but changes in Act III depending on the overall dramatic situation, yet theme of…show more content…
Lindner and Mrs. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson comes to the Younger’s family home to tell them how many violent and forceful acts await them in Clybourne Park from the white people. Mr. Lindner comes to the Younger’s family home to offer them money, so they do not move into Clybourne Park. “Our association is prepared, through the collective effort of our people, to buy the house from you at a financial gain to your family ”(1918). Lindner says that he 's here to tell the Younger’s "the way we do things out in Clybourne Park”(1918). This shows that he thinks of himself and his white neighbors as separate from the Younger’s and shows racism, which will affect the family if they move. At this moment, everything about them moving to Clybourne Park is given a negative point of view from both Mr. Lindner and Mrs. Johnson; leaving the family in a ponder. Following this, their final aspiration to what they were lastly holding onto is blown when Bobo tells the family that their entire savings is gone and Willy Harris has stolen it. The family is left in a state of weakness and deficiency; the family is devastated and starts to fall apart. When the family start to fall apart, Mama will still be the one to pull everyone back together because she is the backbone of the family. She controls all of the interactions of the family; everyone is dependent on her. When Walter starts skipping…show more content…
In Lorraine Hansberry’s “Raisin in the Sun” Act 3 Walter has seized the hero role and he displays a lot of pride. Walter is starting to understand that he has to stand up for what he believes in and not everything is about money. “And we have decided to move into our house because my father-my father-he earned it for us brick by brick”(1933). Walter turns down the Clybourne Park Association 's offer only after he remembers the roots his family has in America, and the rights that they deserve. He wants to set a strong example for his son, Travis, just like his father did for him. Even though Walter is the main character of the story, it is the women in his life who have the biggest dream for him, to find his own manhood. Manliness is having the strength to stand up for what is right, and Mama realizes that Walter has found his manhood when she says to Ruth, “He finally come into his manhood today, didn’t he? Kind of like a rainbow after the rain”(1935). Throughout the play when Walter loses and eventually recovers his pride it forms a major plotline in the play. Since the play portrays people who have little to nothing to their name, pride is a means for them to hold on to their dignity and declare their worth as humans. The drama forms this conflict between pride and money, and although money does win out for a little bit, the Younger family still maintains its pride at the end of the
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