A Raisin in the Sun Essay

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A Raisin in the Sun Essay

Often in works of literature a character’s life is affected by a single act or mistake

In the play, “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry , the character Mama is affected by a mistake. When Mama’s husband dies, she receives a $10,000 check. She decides to split the money three ways. One portion will go to purchasing a new house for the family, the second to her daughter Beneatha’s school and the rest for her son Walter to put in the bank. Her son’s plan was to use the money to make an investment on a liquor store. Mama tells him that he is to not use the money on the store and trusts him with the money. In result, he does not listen and gets scammed for the money. This affects Mama by crushing her dreams, disgracing her husbands death, and the selfishness of her children.

Throughout the play, Mama has a dream of someday having her own garden where she can plant this little flower she keeps in the window. Although the plant isn’t a beautiful bright flower and is on the verge of dying, it symbolizes her dream of having a new home and garden. When her son goes against her, she feels that her dreams are crushed. With the money left over, Mama trusted her son to do as she said with the money. The money she told her son to put in the bank was gone and they now had to figure out how to pay the bills. She even at one point considers changing her mind about keeping the house she purchased in Clybourne Park. The plant she cared so much for she began to let die. She felt as though her dreams were beginning to die as well. When Walter got scammed for the money, he crushed the dreams of his mother.

When Mama realizes the money is gone she feels kind of as if it is a disgrace to her husbands honor. He had worked so hard throughout his life to earn that money and more than half of it was gone. When the family lost the money, Mama felt almost as if she let her husband down. He was the love of her life and it was hard enough...
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