The Raisin In The Sun Analysis

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In the Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and The Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Willy Loman and Walter Younger are very much alike. Some things that they have in common are that they both need money to take care of their families, they both treat their wives poorly, and they both fail to become rich and known. That is just a couple of things that Willy Loman an Walter Younger have in common. One thing that Willy and Walter have in common is that they both need to make money to take care of their families. In The Raisin in the Sun Walter wanted to start a business and make a lot of money. In the Death of a Salesman Willy wanted a lot of money because he wanted to make sure that he could provide for his family. In both of the plays…show more content…
WILLY: I gave you an order! BIFF: Don’t touch me, you — liar! WILLY: Apologize for that! BIFF: You fake! You phony little fake! You fake! WILLY: I gave you an order! Biff, come back here or I’ll beat you! Come back! I’ll whip you!(Miller 89) In this quote Willy treated his wife poorly by cheating on her with another woman and Biff ends up finding out about the whole thing. In The Raisin in the Sun Walter is talking to Ruth his wife, he says “Walter: You tired, ain’t you? Tired of everything. Me, the boy, the way we live—this beat-up hole—everything. Ain’t you? So tired—moaning and groaning all the time, but you wouldn’t do nothing to help, would you? You couldn’t be on my side that long for nothing, could you? Ruth: Walter, please leave me alone. Walter: A man needs a woman to back him up…”(Hansberry 8 and 9). In this he is being rude and disrespectful to Ruth by assuming that she doesn’t care about him, their son, or the way they live anymore. Both characters in the stories fail to become rich and known. In the Death of a Salesman Willy didn’t make a lot of money with his job. In one part of the play he is talking to Charley, he is a different person who is offering Willy a job. In the text it…show more content…
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. In conclusion, Willy Loman and Walter Younger are very similar in how they live their life. They are both people that want to support their family, people that treat their wives poorly, and people that fail to become rich and known throughout their life even though that is one thing that they want the most. This matters because it shows the families of them how not to live their life and to make things better for themselves. This shows that American values are basically all about money and trying to make life better by having more
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