Raisin In The Sun Character Analysis

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The play Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry shows how a striving black family living in Chicago in 1959 is brought down by racism. The play shows the importance of family and dreams when the Younger family receives a check for ten thousand dollars from the passing of their grandfather, Big Walter. Big Walter’s son Walter has a dream to be a better provider for his family and because he wants to score big with his liquor store, he invests all of the money left in the store. He is heartbroken after his partner steals all his money and the family is stressed about what is to come next. Walter is like the “caged bird” in “Sympathy” who “beats his wing till its blood is red on the cruel bars” because Walter can see his dream of being a better provider for his family, but his dream is prevented because he is caged by racism.
Walter works so hard every day to provide for his family but being a chauffeur is nothing at all to him. Walter keeps beating on his cage until his anger explodes. Walter explains this by talking to his mom and saying “Mama, a job? I open and close car doors all day long. I drive a man around in his limousine and I say ‘Yes sir; no, sir; very good sir; shall I take the Drive, sir? Mama, that ain’t no kind of job...that ain’t nothing at all. Mama, I don’t know if I can make you understand” (Hansberry 73) Walter doesn’t want to be a servant of someone, instead, he wants to have the same opportunities that a white man gets and wants to invest and be a
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