A Raisin in the Sun - a Study of Walter Younger

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“A Raisin in the Sun”; A Study of Walter Younger
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude” – Oprah Winfery. In the film “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, Walter Lee Younger reveals the following three dominant traits which make him a complex character 1) industrious, 2) greedy, and 3) chauvinistic. Walter displays many dominant traits throughout the movie. In my opinion, those there stick out the most. The first dominant trait I noticed in Walter is how industrious he is. For example, in the movie Walter is constantly dreaming about his next big thing. For the time being, he wanted to invest in a liquor store. “I want so many things that they are driving me crazy.” he says. Being a dreamer is great. It shows me that he has goals and aspirations in life. When I was little I had a laundry list of things I wanted to do/be. It ranged from being a famous singer, to meeting Oprah, to running my own home patient care. Another example of Walter being industrious is when he says, “I feel that there are better things in life for me. I open and close doors all day long, I drive around in a limousine and say ‘Yes, Sir; No, Sir; Very Good Sir; Shall I take the drive Sir,’ I feel this ain’t no kind of job for me.” Important people all around me always tell me that if I wake up every morning and dread my job then I need to quit. Walter dreads his job, he hates going to it. He sees that there are better things than driving a limo all day. Even though he has a steady job with a steady income, he isn’t happy. He’s more than ready to move on with his life and make some like changing decisions. These examples show that one of Walter Younger’s dominant traits is that he is industrious. Secondly, Walter Younger shows that he is greedy. He portrays his greediness all throughout the movie. The first instance of the greed is the Saturday when the check comes in. He comes home in the middle of his work day,...
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