Short Summary Of A Raisin In The Sun

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A Raisin In the Sun begins in a small, somewhat rundown apartment in Chicago in the early morning, sometime in the 1950s. It is a fairly average morning for the family that resides in this apartment. This family consists of Mama, her son Walter, her daughter Beneatha, Walter’s wife Ruth, and their son Travis. The members of the family all wake one by one and go about their normal activities, all bickering amongst themselves. One topic that they all bring up frequently is a check that is coming in the mail the next day, a life insurance check for Mama’s late husband which is worth $10,000. What the money will be spent on is a topic of debate, as Beneatha needs it for medical school, Walter wants to invest in a business - a liquor store- with…show more content…
It is then revealed that Beneatha has cut off almost all of her hair and returned the rest of it to it’s natural state, which shocks everyone, including the rich boy that she is about to go on a date with. Mama then returns in the midst of another one of Ruth and Walter’s arguments and reveals that she has just purchased a house with the insurance money in a neighborhood where only white people have lived until now. Everyone in the family is shocked yet excited about this, except for Walter who is incredibly distraught. The scene ends with Ruth rejoicing and rethinking her decision about terminating her pregnancy, while Walter laments that he will not get the money for his business venture. The next scene takes place a few weeks later when the family is in the middle of packing for their move. They are visited by their neighbor who tells them of yet another bombing of a house that is home to African-Americans in a predominately white neighborhood. After she leaves, the phone rings and it is revealed that Walter has not gone to work for the past 3 days, and has instead been lying and going around in a depressed
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