Big Walter was seen as “a man who loved his children”(PAGE) according to Mama. Even though he was financially unstable, he “” QUOTE. Walter was introduced as a man who cared about nothing other than his business. He had sacrificed his sister’s dream of becoming a doctor, and held the power to wipe out Mama’s dream for a better home. Walter sees the gender roles as boundaries keeping him from loosening up to his family.
They saw them as mistakes and was not afraid to fight to show that blacks were less in their minds. Although, Atticus did disagree he was shamed by others because he was supportive of a black man getting the same rights as a white man. Even Atticus’s family is getting grief from the case, “Grandma says it’s bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he’s turned out a nigger- lover we’ll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again” (Lee, 110). It shows how many people stubborn enough to ignore the idea of Atticus supporting a black man that was highly most likely
She is also upset because Walter is giving in to racial tension and calling Mr. Lindner back to negotiate taking money in exchange for not moving into the white neighborhood. Lena immediately snaps back and calls out Beneatha for not learning to care for her brother. In this scene Lena’s maternal instinct really shines through. Even though she is disappointed in Walters foolishness and lack of pride, she knows that Walter is at his lowest point and that persecution and ridicule will not help the situation in any way. She also understands that his pursuit of money wasn't for self interest but to make things better for the whole family.
He was one of those men that dreamt for many things but never really worked hard enough to actually earn them. He mentioned many times that he wanted to be able to provide for his family as his late father had done for them. Throughout the play he mostly complained about receiving the money that was never his to begin with. The money wasn’t well earned and it created tension and conflict between the family. As the article says, “The American dream is the ideal that the government should protect each person’s opportunity to pursue their own idea of happiness,” (Amadeo).
The American Dream: A Raisin in the Sun The American Dream is defined as the ideal that every U.S. citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination and initiative. However, in 1950s to the 1960s when the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry was written the American Dream was defined slightly different. Post World War II the idea of the American Dream was owning a home -in a decent neighborhood, starting your own business- becoming an entrepreneur, a good paying job- with longevity, and family planning- controlling the number of offspring (Hansberry, 1959). Although, one may believe in having only a few seem to obtain it. Statistics show in the earlier years a person was more likely to achieve the American Dream or at the least make more money than their parents.
I don’t know what it is – but he needs something – something I can’t give him anymore. He needs this chance, Lena.” Page 45 Ruth knows that Walter isn’t satisfied with his life. Ruth feels as if she can’t give what he really wants to him. Being his partner, she feels obligated to support him and give him everything. Seeing a loved one reach for a dream and not be able to get it hurts her.
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.
He believes he is “..see[ing] life like it is” (141) in order to rightfully take his place as the head of the family by making this decision for them, regardless of the hope this house brought them all. The rest of the Younger family is disconcerted by this new business deal, and asks Walter if this is what he truly wants and believes is right, to which he responds that he’s “Going to feel fine…[like] a man…” (144). Due to internally knowing he still had prove himself but not physically doing so, Walter’s delicate, false pride in being a man doesn’t allow him to consider how his actions affect
Ann feels that it is wrong for John to “slave away fifteen hours a day” to afford pretty clothes for her. The clothing symbolizes the contradictory ideals of a happy marriage between John and Ann. Both John and Ann want to achieve a joyful life together, but it is impossible due to their actions denying the other. To provide Ann with someone to talk to, John decides to invite their close friend, Steven to their home. John trusts Steven to help Ann with chores and to provide her with companionship.
(Hansberry). Walter is a man who dreams big, while his wife Ruth is level headed and wants to leave this house (Hansberry). All of these characters have their flaws, but it is who they end up being that is important. These characters are here to provide messages for us about the theme, which is the importance of family, and that money is not all that