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English II
Drama Essay: Option 4 “A Raisin in the Sun”

Life, as well as literature, is full of characters. Every character that we come in contact with, real or not, is trying to find a better way of life. Walter and Beneatha from, “A Raisin in the Sun,” are two characters in specific who are hoping, striving, and fighting for a better life, not just for themselves but for their families as well.

“A Raisin in the Sun”, written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1959, is a very inspiring work of art. It addresses a very great deal of problems big and small. From death, to God, to segregation to house bills to abortions and college and everything else in between. Everyone in this story has their own problems and they all try and overcome them in order to become better people and have better lives. Walter and Beneatha are the two characters that I will focus on. You will know their struggles, and how they sought to beat them.

To begin, Walter has now, just recently, become the man of his house. His father passed away and now he is the only man left to raise and protect his family. That alone is a challenge many of us do not dare face, but one day, will. Walter lives in a small apartment in Southside, Chicago with his Mama, sister Beneatha, wife Ruth, and very young son Travis. Walter’s late father left the family with a $10,000 life insurance sum. Walter wants to open up a liquor store and have their own family business. Mama who is in charge of the money is very much against his naïve idea. This new business could change his entire family’s life forever, or it could crumble and leave them all worse than before. A leap of faith this man must take in order to better his family and life. If this business was a success then Walter could send his son to college, support his entire family, and move into a bigger and better home. This is what Walter is hoping to gain through his search for a better life.
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