A Raisin in the Sun: Analysis

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Junior Research Paper

Ahmed Al-Adwani
Ms. Wilson
English and Composition 11
10 February 2011

An ethnic analysis of the character, Walter, results in the belief that the African Americans are proud people because of their history of being discriminated. Walter Younger is a character from the story “A Raisin in the Sun”, by Lorraine Hansberry. Along with his family, Walter is facing poverty, as he trys to get rich quick with the insurance money. However, every member in the family has different plans for the money, but mama is the one who decides what to do with the money. Mama opts to use part of the money as a down payment for a house in a white community. The rest of the money was planned for other uses but Walter loses the money and as a result, they can't keep the house. The African Americans are proud people due to their history of being discriminated; as the saying goes “What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger”(West).

In this story, Walter wants money from Lindner so the Younger's family would avoid going to a house in the white neighbourhood. However, Walter ends up saying that “we come from people who had a lot of pride”(Hansberry 127). Walter uses this as an excuse for the African American’s actions. Due to this fact, African Americans are proud people because of their history of being contradistinguished. African American’s “psychology is repudiative rather than accommodative of racism” (Norton Anthology). African Americans do not except racism and as a result, they have excessive pride in themselves. Even as children, they continue to have pride in themselves and it is due to the fact that parents teach their children to be proud.

A recent study showed that African American parents teach their children to have racial pride in themselves(McBride). They are not to be ashamed of their race even though they are being ridiculed. The study involved 332 African American mothers and their children ranging from 9-11 years old. These families were...
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