Walter and Beneatha are angry with Lindner and have a very intense conversation. Walter eventually says that, “And we have decided to move into our house because my father- my father- he earned it for us brick by brick” (148). This leads into Beneatha’s response of, “That’s what the man said” (148). This was what Walter was waiting for: finally being acknowledged as a man. But, Hansberry only lets this happen after he (Walter) came to the realization that being a man does not just have to do with material items, but also being emotionally and mentally mature. This is the final development in the play on the topic of manhood and is quite a turn or the character Walter.
By learning and reading about Walter's life and how he interprets it, I have come to realize that his egotistical way of thinking is shown in a way that he like things to go his way and doesn't acknowledge other and their ideas. For example, he mumbles to himself: “We one group of men tied to a race of women with small minds” (Hansberry 35)! As a response to Ruth while he
Hansberry explores this idea at length as Walter talks how an increase in cash flow would benefit him. Obsessed with his dream, Walter tells his Mama “[money] if life!” When this life dream comes crashing down, Walter finds himself tempted to accept a white man’s bride instead of standing up for his pride and his family. Perhaps his ideals changed; or perhaps he realized his dream was only a fantasy; or perhaps he truly thought that this was the best decision for his family. However, when decisions making time comes, Mama pulls Travis aside, telling him to ask Walter what the five generations before him had come to do. Indeed, Walter teaches his son. He talks about his father and how his fathers pride caused him to kill a man rather than to be insulted, the aspirations of his siter, how their father earned their house “brick by brick”. At this point, the overall tone of the play changes. No longer does the play continue in a despairing mindset, but it changes as Walter steps up to become “the man of the
Walter states that the Youngers are a calm, good family who “don’t want to make no trouble for nobody,” and are not looking to stir up trouble. All they intend to be is hard working, peaceful “good neighbors” and that give them every right to live in Clybourne Park. Afterwards, Mama, talking to Ruth about Walter, states that, “he finally come into his manhood today,” (151). Walter made his family proud and after much struggle they feel that he has matured. For Mama proudly exclaims that Walter “come into his manhood” by doing the morally right thing “finally.” Also that Walter has come a long way but “today” he is the best version of Walter Lee Younger that he has ever been.
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.
The first of the three scenes that show that Walter evolved is when he got upset that he could not get the money for his liquor store. This showed that at the start Walter was acting like a pouting child. The second scene is when Walter loses all of the money. This scene shows that Walter is evolving because this is when he learns that not everything is going to go his way and that you should be careful of who you trust. When Walter tells Mr. Lindner that they are moving into the house and that there is nothing that he can do about it is the final scene that shows that Walter is evolving into his “Manhood”.this scene shows that Walter is “growing up” because he learns that he has to take control of his life and not just make decisions for himself. Sometimes people need to “grow up” and make intelligent decisions in order to avoid “going down the wrong road”. “I know that in my past I was young and irresponsible - but that's what growing up is. You learn from your mistakes.” ~ Lindsay
Walter Younger influences the plot and its development in a defective way due to him only thinking about himself. Walter ruins his family’s happiness and pushes them away because he does not get what he wants. For example “Who’s fighting with you? Who even cares about
In the play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, there are many examples of sexism throughout its entirety. The character, Walter, demonstrates the acts of a sexist human being. Walter is sexist to not only women in general, but to the women in his family. Not taking into consideration of other people’s sayings and their feelings, Walter generally only thinks about himself, says what he believes, and truly only cares about money. Walter constantly is fighting with all of the women in the family as well. His sister, Beneatha, wants to become a doctor and Walter isn't very supportive of her decision. Walter's wife, Ruth, is the recipient of the majority of Walter's anger and sexist remarks.
The Younger family had been through many obstacles, and purchasing a home seem to be the end of their difficult times. However, this only brought new issues into their lives. They did nit have the finances to pay bills, Walter and Beneatha did not have the means to accomplish their dreams, and they were going into a situation that posed serious danger. At the end of the play, this family was not going into a happy ending. Instead, they were entering into a new series of
Walter is an African American male who works as a chauffeur, and he lives with his mother, his sister, and his wife and son. Walter is a very rude and bitter person towards the other characters in the play. He wants to use his father’s insurance money to start a liquor business so he can help support his family, but everybody thinks it’s a bad idea. Since nobody thinks it is a good idea, Walter ends up being harsh towards everybody else. In the play, in Act II, Scene I, Walter says, “No he don’t! Excuse me for what? What you always excusing me for! I’ll excuse myself when I needs to be excused! They look as funny as them black knee socks
What would you do if you were told your dream would never come true? Dreams are what people hold onto to motivate us to achieve our goals. The Youngers are a poor African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago. With an opportunity to escape from poverty comes in the form of a $10,000 life insurance check that the matriarch of the family receives upon her husband 's death. Each of the adult members of the family has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. As the play progresses, the Youngers clash over their competing dreams. In “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, the role of the hero stays the same in Act I and Act II, but changes in Act III depending on the overall dramatic situation, yet theme of
In Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun, the characters of Mama, Walter ,and Beneatha are faced with hardships associated with their dreams being destroyed by discriminatory housing,racial inequality and lack of support from her family towards her education. In the play all the characters have some kind of dream. Mama wants to get a house for the family, Walter wants to have money to provide for his family and plans to do that with a liquor store, and Beneatha wants to become a doctor. Beneatha is going to school and at the same time she’s trying to discover herself,but her family is not supportive of this. Mama did unfortunately lose her husband, and the family is receiving a life insurance check for $10,000.
Walter goes into immediate denial, making excuses for where Willy, their second business partner, could be with the money. He continues on until he realizes “THAT MONEY IS MADE OUT OF MY [HIS] FATHER’S FLESH-” (128) and he had lost it all; he felt he lost his chance of pursuing a better life now that he had even lost his father’s support. His false pride is severely injured up until he is struck with an idea which he believes could save the family. He abruptly calls Mr.Lindner, who he had originally turned away, and tells him to come by because he wants to take his offer of being paid to not move into the new house. 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
Chicago served as a home to numerous walks of life in the 1950’s, and much of the differences in realities were based on differences in race and people’s opinions of segregation. Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun is based off of real life experiences, and it authentically tells the story of an african american family that strives for equality and The American Dream. Walter Younger, the father of the family, battles with deferred dreams of his own and for his family. Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun and Nina Simone’s song “I Wish I knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” both portray Walter’s emotions throughout his daily struggles with his family as they dealt with segregation and destitution.
Following the event of World War Two, America during the 1950s was an era of economic prosperity. Male soldiers had just returned home from war to see America “at the summit of the world”(Churchill). Many Americans were confident that the future held nothing other than peace and prosperity, so they decided to start families. However, the 1950s was also a time of radical changes. Because most of the men in the family had departed to fight in the war, women were left at home to do the housework. Even after the war, women were urged to stay at home to take care of the children. On the other hand, males would deal with financial businesses to keep their family out of poverty. These gender roles were embedded