Money is often what is associated with greed in this world. It can blind people to the point where they disregard the situation of all others. In the play “A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Walter Lee wants the money that was left from his late father’s life insurance to invest in a liquor store. Everyone else in the family thinks that it’s a very bad idea. His mother, also known as Mama, is the one receiving the money, and wants it to be spent on bettering the family.
Walter wants everything to be about him and only him. Mama told Walter, “You ain’t satisfied or proud of nothing”. Walter is only pleased if something goes his way or contributes to him. The money means the world to Walter and things having it all to his dreams will do so much for the family. Walter tells mama, “Do you know what this money means to me?
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 is certain that he should be the head of the family and solely be the provider for the Younger family. He struggles deeply with the fact that his family members have a lack of faith in him and his role in their family. He blames his lack of power on the female members of his family as well as his race. “We are one group of men tied to a race of women with small minds.” (Hansberry, 2011, p. 19) Throughout the play, his idea to invest in a liquor store business is also dispirited by his mother, sister and wife. Walter wants to be respected and uphold his sought-after role as a man.
The last reason why Walter is rude and disrespectful to his family is when mama came looking for him and found his at the local bar. She sat down with his and starting talking to him about everything like his life, how he has a good life and what kind of changes that need to be made. Once mama starting talking about money doesn't matter Walter totally disagrees with her. Mama: Son--how come you talk so much `about
The quintessential image of the American dream is that of a house with a white picket fence and Mama thinks the house she buys in Clybourne Park will allow the Younger family fulfill that dream. It’s a symbol for belonging in America; it can also represent an acceptance of American cultural values, such as capitalism. In addition, it’s an emphasis on the Youngers’ value on family and the home because the Youngers rely on each other during hard times, and they are not afraid of what may happen in the new neighborhood they know they are not welcomed in because they know they have each other. Moreover, Lindner and the other residents of Clybourne Park who offer to buy the house the Youngers bought represent the discrimination against African Americans at this time, and possibly a reason black Americans, like the Younger family, need to fight for a sense of belonging. “And we have decided to move into our house because my father- my father- earned it for us brick by brick” (Hansberry 148).
At one point money was life according to Walter. Hansberry kept reiterating that money was the way to live a great life. All of the repetition showed the flaws within the family. They all asked for the same thing and would not stop until they got what they wanted. The audience got a close experience with the family’s constant need to fulfill each of everyone’s dream- the American dream.
From the play, we can infer Ruth grew up like any other African American in the mid 1900’s, which was during the civil rights era. Ruth had this bossy yet gentle attitude, however, she was very quiet, well at least when bad things were happening to her family. Ruth, unlike Beneatha Younger, was uneducated. Ruth devoted herself to the family by putting all of the money she earned towards the needs of the family. She was also easily embarrassed and would take responsibility for others’ actions, which was one of the reasons she was so overwhelmed in the play.
African American author Richard Wright published Native Son, in 1940 to highlight the contrast between racial and economic classes for both whites and blacks to notice. With this in mind, this book paints how disadvantageous, hopeless, and downright hard being African American was during this time. This was by evoking sympathy for the struggles of Bigger Thomas – a 20-year-old living in poverty with his mother, sister, and brother in a single bedroom apartment within the Chicago black belt all while trying to evoke political change so that action could be taken against this. At the same time, Wright uses Bigger Thomas to bring cognizance into the results of racism and white oppression by showing how his life was affected from the start and
The younger family are three generations of an African American family that lives in a small apartment together on the South Side of Chicago. The play is set in a postwar era that focuses in the younger family struggle’s with poverty and the big decision of moving in to a bigger house in the all-white neighborhood of Clybourne Park. The book investigates them of discrimination, black pride, gender, and sacrifices. The story is based on Hansberry’s own experiences with dealing with housing discrimination and the racially consumed peope in the Washington Park