Selfish. These are all traits that would describe Walter Lee and his actions. Walter Lee is a character from the play A Raisin in the Sun in which a black family tries to get out of poverty and go against stereotypes by trying to start over with their Grandpa’s life insurance money. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry explores the concept that greed leads to being blinded by money and forgetting about one’s loved ones as shown by the climax of the play, the character of Walter Lee, and the effect that his actions have on the rest of his family. The Character of Walter Lee shows that greed blinding a person can cause him to forget about the ones he loves.
He confronts his greed and desire to become a wealthy businessman and realizes that he lost his only supporters throughout his journey. Walter declines Karl Lidner while staring at Travis, his little son. With these actions, Walter is seen as a family man- somebody who realizes the importance of family. Walter develops into a character similar to his father- Big Walter. Big Walter was seen as “a man who loved his children”(PAGE) according to Mama.
As seen when Karl Linder attempts to buy out the Younger family in the story. Prior to 1948, the Youngers would never have been able to have moved in to their neighborhood if it were not for the Supreme Courts declaring covenants against Blacks being able to own certain homes as stated in “Black Neighbors, White Neighborhoods” by Jeff Nilsson. This ruling allowed the Youngers to eventually move into their dream house, and finally achieve their American
Walter. She says to him “I look at you and I see the final triumph of stupidity in the world.”(876)Her dissatisfaction with her brother was seen. That a man of thirty could so easily be swindled after being warned not to. Showing that even a child would make such a deal. In the end figurative language made act three, act three.
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.
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! ” (Hansberry 135)
Even his family life surrounds the idea of wealth, how it’s spent, what he earns. To Walter, wealth meant pride, it meant happiness, it meant a stable life. In a blind move, he had trusted the wrong people with his father's hard earned money only to lose it. When this happened, his life appeared to all crumble. The merry-go-happy man from when he got the money was no longer there, only a bitter shadow.
The Progression of the American Dream “Seem like God didn’t see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams - but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worthwhile,”(Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun). The play A Raisin In the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, portrays a 1950s African American family struggling with the idea of the American dream and what to do with the money that they have come upon. Each character has their own idea of what they should do with their late father 's insurance money and how to achieve their own aspirations. The American dream is defined as the ideal that every US citizen should have equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. The main character, Walter Younger struggles with trying to achieve success and his desire of living his own American dream at the expense of his family and their pride.
Willy is too entitled to his job even though he doesn’t get paid, to accept a job from someone else that is offering him good weekly pay. In The Raisin in the Sun Walter ends up getting the money from his mom and wants to invest it into a bar with two other people, but that doesn’t work out so well for him. In the text Bobo is talking to Walter about something bad that had happened, in the text Bobo says “That’s what I’m trying to tell you… I don’t know… I waited six hours… I waited in that train station six hours… That was all the extra money I had in the world…”(Hansberry 75). In this quote Bobo was talking about how Willy Harris took all of the money and left with it. The money that was put into the bank for the bar was all of the money that was given to Walter by his mom to split for his sisters college education.
Walter goes into immediate denial, making excuses for where Willy, their second business partner, could be with the money. He continues on until he realizes “THAT MONEY IS MADE OUT OF MY [HIS] FATHER’S FLESH-” (128) and he had lost it all; he felt he lost his chance of pursuing a better life now that he had even lost his father’s support. His false pride is severely injured up until he is struck with an idea which he believes could save the family. He abruptly calls Mr.Lindner, who he had originally turned away, and tells him to come by because he wants to take his offer of being paid to not move into the new house. He believes he is “..see[ing] life like it is” (141) in order to rightfully take his place as the head of the family by making this decision for them, regardless of the hope this house brought them all.
If people were not afraid of being denied their alcohol, then they would not take such risks and would rather drink at a moderate pace. We can learn from history that prohibition legislation is not going to control irresponsible drinking problems and in fact will make