A Raisin in the Sun– Lorraine Hansberry
It appears that the mind has an unlimited capacity to dream. Our thoughts constantly consumed with what life might be. In Lorraine Hansberry’s play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” we experience the life of the Younger home, an African American household struggling to make their dreams become a reality. Walter, the main character and his sibling Beneatha place their dreams for the future in an insurance check coming in for death of their daddy. Walter selfishly hopes that this money can invest him into owning a business, while Beneatha playfully has plans to go to school to become a medical professional.
While the guarantee of a dream can produce hope and excitement for the future, the disappointment of a dream differed can launch juvenile behaviors that can harm the family unit. As Walter ends up being taken in by the prospect of owning an alcohol shop, his relationship with his partner is left detached and empty. The desire of entrepreneurship has led Walter to believe that nothing else will bring fulfillment in his life. In the starting scene, Ruth has begun to talk with Lena about the coming insurance coverage check. At the request of Walter, Ruth is attempting to convince Lena to let Walter us the cash to purchase a business.
Ruth yearns to be the desire of her other half, yet she is left needing to support his brand-new extreme desire for an alcohol store. Considering that Ruth is wanting to see her partner fulfilled and delighted once again, she hopes that this investment possibility for Walter can likewise assist restore a struggling relationship. Ruth informs Lena, “No. Mama, something is occurring between Walter and me. I do not know what it is-but he needs something-something I can’t give him any more. He requires this chance, Lena” (Hansberry, 42). Like Walter, Ruth is at a point of desperation too. Walter’s drive of owning a liquor shop has become his first love.
This dream, this enthusiasm has actually replaced Ruth. Walter has lost his capability to sense the worth of his wife and the detach in between them in his marital relationship. Walter is a self-indulgent male whose selfishness leaves no consideration of the requirements of the other family members. In the very first scene of act 2 we experience an anxious Walter questioning where his Mama is. As soon as she arrives home, anxious about the money, Walter starts to badger her on her location. Quickly enough he hears that Mother has been out purchasing a home in Clybourne Park with the insurance coverage money.
Upon learning of this purchase, Walter is devastated and upset. Then he bitterly lashes out, “So you butchered up an imagine mine-you-who always talking ’bout your children’s dreams …” (Hansberry, 95). Sadly, this scene shows us that Walter’s selfishness has led him to believe that the insurance money was going to be his to utilize. Like a child, he never ever shows any concern for the needs of the other members of his household, particularly his mother. Mom’s desire is to see her family invest and live in a home of their own.
Yet, Walter’s only desire was his own imagine an alcohol shop without any concern of the requirements of the family. In desperate attempt to regain cash lost, Walter dissatisfies his family by revealing them that he is a guy that lacks stability, willing compromise to get what he desires. In the last act, Walter calls back Mr. Linder from Clybourne Park Enhancement Association wanting to strike up a deal to sell Mama’s recently gotten house. When Mama finds out of Walter’s strategy she is discouraged. She competes with Walter to reconsider giving in and offering your home, knowing it will alter him for the worse on the within.
Walter assures her that he’s got it all determined when he says, “I’m going to feel fine, Mom. I’m going to look that son-of-a-bitch in the eyes and say-and say, “All right, Mr. Lindner that’s your area out there! You got the right to keep it like you want! You got the right to have it like you desire! Simply write the check and-the home is yours.” And-and I am going to state “you individuals simply put the money in my hand and you won’t have to live next to this bunch of stinking niggers!.” (Hansberry, 144) These words were a step back for Walter.
Lena was intending to see her kid make much better choices as the head of the home hold, decisions that would position the family in a much better position. Yet again we see Walter frantically leap for an opportunity to get money in his hand. Just this time his decision comes at a price. This time he will pay with his stability and lose his families trust to stand up for what is right. Together with Beneatha’s education, her pursuit to end up being a physician has enabled her to speak arrogantly and at times become hurtful. Throughout the second scene of act one, Beneatha and Mom talk about a first time go to from her Nigerian pal and love interest Joseph Asagai.
Concerned how the family will treat the young African guy, Beneatha gives a condescending warning to her mother when she states, “Well, do me a favor and do not ask him a lot of oblivious questions about Africans. I mean, do they wear clothing and all that” (Hansberry, 57). It should have been tough for Mama to endure such an insensitive request. Mom is an aged lady who clearly has more life experience than her daughter Beneatha. Beneatha could have made this demand towards her mom in a more stylish, reputable way, yet she chose to relate the word oblivious to her mom.
This demand shows that Beneatha is working with a sense of elitism due to her education, and has desert appropriate reverence for her mom. As the loss of her cash for school sets in, Beneatha becomes angry and loses all regard for her bro. Near the end of the play Walter enters the scene frantically searching for some paperwork and Beneatha seizes the opportunity to call him sarcastic names. In her disgust she ends her tirade with, “I take a look at you and I see the final accomplishment of stupidity worldwide!” (Hansberry, 138). These words originate from anger and frustration.
Beneatha reveals that she has no regard for the sensations of Walter. Not only does she declare that Walter is foolish, however claims he is the pinnacle of stupidity. Like a kid, she was only able to see the benefit and loss that she would sustain in this circumstance, and responds callously, and disrespectful towards her sibling. As Beneatha deals with the loss of a dream, her selfishness has reduced her capability to deal failure; and in turn makes hurtful remarks. In the last act, Mother’s is pleading with Beneatha to be patient with her sibling after they learn he is going to make a deal to offer your home.
She is trying to advise Beneatha that household is to be liked, even in their failings. Yet Beneatha reacts, “Love him? There is absolutely nothing left to enjoy” (Hansberry, 145). Beneatha’s claim that there is nothing left to like is certainly incorrect. In her disappointed state, Beneatha once again has actually made some upsetting remarks. Mother is wishing to see the family gather and support one another in difficult times, yet all Below can do is complain. Beneatha might think that her painful words are justified towards Walter, but Mom is the one who is injured.
Although the guarantee of a dream can produce hope and excitement for a better financial future, the disappointment of a dream varied can release immature behaviors that harm the family unit. We’ve experienced in Hansberry’s work that a person should not forget the value of household in the pursuit of the dream. As members of a household, we have the valuable duty to be smart stewards of our words and actions. We need to be looking to bring want to those member of the family having a hard time to discover it, and love to those in dire need of it. The upright treatment of the family can not be jeopardized.