A Raisin in the Sun To be prideful is human nature, even when it hasn't been earned. Being proud of who you are and what you have accomplished is an important part of everyone's life, but sometimes we are prideful without something to be proud of. This kind of pride is shown in the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry through the character Walter Younger. He enters the play with a false sense of pride in being a man, despite the fact that he is a chauffeur who is struggling to support his family. Throughout the plot, he struggles with acceptance of his social status and economical situations, but ends up achieving true fulfillment in simply being proud of who he and his family are as people with aspirations.
Early in the play “A Raisin in the Sun,” on page 34 Walter says: Walter. (Slams the table and jumps up) -- DAMN MY EGGS-- DAMN ALL THE EGGS THAT EVER WAS! (34) When Walter says this he is referring to the absence of change how he eats eggs every morning and everything is the same every morning and no one is doing anything to change how they live. Walter wants to change how they live and start liquor store for money to move out of their crowded apartment. Throughout the majority of the play, Walter wants to change the way they live and constantly tries convincing his mother to use the insurance money to start a liquor store.
All have distorted ideas of what happiness is and what is essential to accomplish success. Characters portrayed in the play are the parents William “Willy” and Linda Loman, Biff the oldest son, Harold “Happy” the youngest son and the very wealthy Uncle Ben, Willy’s older brother. Other influential characters in the play include Willy’s only friend Charley, Charley’s nerd son Bernard, and the woman to which Willy refers to as Miss Harvey, his mistress. The head of the household, Willy, is an old struggling traveling salesman that leads a double life while working in Boston hoping to sell his way into success, wealth and freedom. As seen by Willy, life should be a suitable, pleasing way that falls into the riches of wealth but poor choices lead Willy to his death bed.
A Raisin in the Sun begins with Walter being an ambitious and stubborn character that only recognizes materialistic goods as way to bring happiness to his household. When Ruth comments that Willy Harris was a “good-for-nothing loudmouth” (493), Walter points out that Ruth’s attitude towards his partner due to her being
Even his family life surrounds the idea of wealth, how it’s spent, what he earns. To Walter, wealth meant pride, it meant happiness, it meant a stable life. In a blind move, he had trusted the wrong people with his father's hard earned money only to lose it. When this happened, his life appeared to all crumble. The merry-go-happy man from when he got the money was no longer there, only a bitter shadow.
“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.
Walter dreams of becoming wealthy and providing for his family as the rich people he drives around do. He often frames this dream in terms of his family—he wants to give them what he has never had. He feels like a slave to his family’s economic hardship. His dream has been deferred by his poverty and inability to find decent employment. He attributes his lack of job prospects to racism, a claim that may be partially true but that is also a crutch.
At the beginning of the story, Kino is a kind-hearted man who cares for his family. At the climax of the story, Kino is very greedy, selfish, violent, scared, and he doesn 't seem to care that much about his family. At the end of the story, he realizes his sins and wants to become a good man again. At first Kino hears “…a song now, clear and soft, and if he had been able to speak of it, he would have called it the Song of the Family.” (Steinbeck, 6). Then, he thinks of all the things he can buy with the pearl: “…and the music of the pearl rose like a chorus of trumpets in his ears.” (Steinbeck, 28).
And by God I was rich”(Act I). Despite the little information his uncle shared with him, Willy admires Ben’s story and decides to dedicate his life to being well-liked and successful like him. As a salesman man, Willy needs to be popular in order to have the most success. Ironically, Willy Loman is not a hard character to hate and he has such little success with his job, that he eventually gets fired. Back in the 40’s, men were considered the head of the household–they made the money while their wives kept busy at home.
This story shows the greed in others, but the thoughts of Jonathan as he realizes greed as evil. He must support his family, and it is very rough work at times, but he always counts his five blessings, being his head, along with those of his family. He realizes the importance of his family and those around him stay even when materialistic things like money gets rough. He had found a large sum of money at a point, and not being greedy, turned it in to the local government. Although he did, the people around him who were in need, went to extreme measures to try and get the money, like threatening him and his family with weapons.
Jay Gatsby lives his life through corruption, devotion, and his resolve to control. Gatsby has a firm devotion for things and people he desires; he feels that if he achieves material wealth, he can live a countless life. Gatsby corrupts himself due to his yearning for social status and wealth, as Nick says; “his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents” (104). The idea of his imagination not accepting his parents shows his yearning for wealth. By using the term imagination, it suggests that Jay Gatsby, is just part of Jay Gatz’s imagination, created for social status.