In my viewpoint, the most widespread theme in, “A Raisin in the Sun” is the real meaning of cash due to the fact that all of the family members have dreams that require cash in order for them to be satisfied.
Walter is constantly trying to get cash to open an alcohol store and thinks that the only method he can be an effective male is if he reaches this objective. Throughout the book, Walter is jealous of rich people and is somewhat ashamed of his profession of a chauffeur.
He would like for his son to have a much better life and desires him to have whatever that he might ever desire. While talking with Mama in the book, Walter states, “Mother, in some cases when I’m downtown and I pass by them cool, quiet-looking restaurants where them white boys are relaxing and talking bout things, turning offers worth millions of dollars, in some cases I see men do not look much older than me.” (page 73) Walter pays a lot attention to these abundant “white young boys” and this causes him to not appreciate what he has, he simply always wants more. Walter thinks that if Mom offers him the cash to buy a liquor shop then he will achieve success. Mom doesn’t comprehend why Walter is so focused on cash and she asks him, “Son-how come you talk a lot ’bout money?” Walter replies, “Due to the fact that it is life, Mom!” (page 74)
Mama doesn’t see money as such a big need in life and thinks more in family, love and faith. She attempts to show Walter and Beneatha that not everything in life has to do with being rich and having money. For example, after Walter informs Mom that he believes that cash is life on page 74, she states, “Oh-So now it’s life. Money is life. When upon a time freedom used to be life- now it’s money. I guess the world truly do alter …” (page 74) Mom is trying to teach Walter not to be so materialistic. She desires him to focus on other elements of life that Walter simply can’t seem to comprehend.
Also, when Mother says how the world is changing, she is speaking about how cash has an unfavorable influence on the people of that time and how unfortunate it is that cash is such a need. Throughout the conversation between Mama and Walter, Mother sys, “You something new, boy. In my time we was fretted about not being lynched and getting to the North if we could and how to stay alive and still have a pinch of self-respect too …” (page 74) Mother is talking about how Walter should value his flexibility and how in her time, they had to fight for their freedom and might care less about cash.
Beneatha does not seem to show as much interest in money till she understands that all of her household’s money is one. In the start of the book, Beneatha is type of the castaway of the family since she does not appear too concerned about the cash and has different views than the remainder of the family. For instance, Beneatha and Ruth had a discussion about why Beneatha won’t wed George and Beneatha states, “Oh, I just imply I couldn’t ever really be major with George. He’s- he’s so shallow.” Ruth responds, “Shallow- what do you mean he’s shallow? He’s rich!” Beneatha then states, “I know he’s rich. He understands he’s abundant too.” (page 48-49) Beneatha desires more from a male than cash, she has more depth than that. She is an independent woman and declines to wed someone even if they are rich.
In the start, Beneatha isn’t too focused on money; nevertheless, she concerns the awareness that in order to satisfy her dream of being a medical professional, she requires cash for medical school. When Walter lost all of the family’s cash, messing up any possibility of Beneatha becoming a medical professional she tells Asagai, “Asagai, while I was sleeping in that bed there, individuals went out and took the future right out of my hands! And nobody asked me, nobody consulted me- they just went and changed my life!” (page 134)