Research Paper On A Raisin In The Sun

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Hoang Hoang
March, 19 2018
ENGWR 301

Reader Response: 3 “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, is a play about a black family’s experience in 1950s South Side Chicago. The story revolves around what happens to the family when Lena Younger, the matriarch of the family, receives a ten thousand dollar life insurance check upon the death of her husband. Everyone from the family has different plans for what they want to do with the money. Walter, the son of Lena, wants to use the money to invest in a liquor store. Beneatha, Lena’s daughter, has a dream of becoming a doctor so she wants to use some of the money for medical school. Tension grows within the family as Lena and Walter butt-heads on what the money should be used for. Lena uses thirty-five hundred of the ten thousand to buy a nice house for her family. Walter take this as an action directly against him and it sends him into a depression. After seeing how broken walter has become, Lena realizes that it is her duty as a mother to support her child and entrust walter with the remainder of the money and instructs him to put three-thousand in the bank for Beneatha’s tuition and use the rest for whatever he sees fit. Walter uses both his and Beneatha’s cut of the money to invest in a liquor store only to have his business partner skip town with all of the invested money. This crushes Walter both financially and mentally and it is Lena who has to pull him out of his hopelessness.
Lena Younger serves as the head of
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