Rasin in the Sun Walter Character Analysis

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Walter Character Analysis

Walter Character Analysis

Depression is ongoing feelings of hopelessness, sadness, unhappiness, and causes a bleak outlook on life. When someone is suffering from depression they cannot be at the top of their game. A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959, which was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. The story is based upon the family getting an insurance check; from Walter senior’s death, and the troubles of an African American family in the 1950’s. One Character, Walter shows almost every sign of depression throughout the play. He uses bad cooping skills, like alcohol, hurting his family meanwhile. Walter begins the play, as an unhappy man who is selfish but later matures into a better husband, father, and head of the household.

When someone is unhappy, they tend to make impulsive decisions. In the case of Walter Lee Younger, he follows those footsteps. He proves that statement to be true when he tells the character Mama, also know as “Lena Younger” how he feel his job is nothing, saying, “…Mama, that ain’t no kind of job… that ain’t nothing at all” (Hansberry 73). When Walter is talking to Mama about his future, he tells her he feels as if it’s, “ … a big, looming blank space- full of nothing” (73). That darkness he is showing in that conversation proves to us, that he is very unhappy where his life currently stands. The unhappiness he is experiencing now will later help him become a stronger man.

Throughout the play, Walter shows the audience that he is a very selfish man, who will do whatever to get his way. In the beginning of the play, Walter says while talking to Ruth “I got me a dream” (33). He wants to buy a liquor store with his father’s $10,000 life insurance money, he tells Ruth, “…the initial investment on the place be ‘bout thirty thousand, …that be ten thousand each” (33). Walter is oblivious that Mama and Ruth want a house, and...
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