# Math Equations In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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Families and Math Equations It is a simple math equation. Walter plus Beneatha plus Mama equals six cents, three dreams, and many of calls for recognition. Lorraine Hansberry the author of A Raisin in the Sun knows this is an equation that is greatly capable of fabricating a dramatic and page turning story, so she did. A little insight into this story explains this simply complex equation. Walter is a man of many comments but a good quote to represent what his two cents might sound like can be found in act one scene one in the playwright A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Walter says to Ruth: “Just for a second-stirring them eggs. It’s gone now-just for a second it was-you looked real young again. It’s gone now-you look like yourself again.” He feels it is necessary that he puts others down and raises himself up, most likely because of his lack of achievement. Full of ideas and constantly searching for money Walter exclaims to Ruth in act one scene one “Man say to his woman: I got me a dream. …show more content…

In act one scene one Mama’s two cents goes a little like this: “I aint meddling – I just noticed all last week he had cold cereal, and when it starts getting this chilly in the fall a child ought to have some hot grits or something when he goes out in the cold.” In this scene Mama is attempting to stick in her opinion about the way Ruth is raising Travis. However, her two cents were wanted and needed just as much as the two cents that came from Beneatha and Walter in the examples above. “Well, I always wanted me a garden like I used to see sometimes at the back of the houses down home.” Mama says in act one scene one proving that she too has some dreams and goals like the others in the house. “Me and your father went to trouble to get you and Brother to church every Sunday.” Mama tells Beneatha in act one scene one letting her know that she has given effort in attempt to raise her children