A Raisin in the Sun: the Younger Family

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Meghan Feenstra

August 16, 2010

English Honor 9
A Raisin in the Sun

Picture yourself as a member of the Younger family. You live in a small house, two bedrooms and a bathroom you share with other families. It’s hard to imagine 4 adults and l adolescent living in these conditions, but its how the Younger family lived. When the story begins the younger family is anticipating a huge insurance check from the passing of their grandpa. Living in a racist community, such as the south side of Chicago, affected the Younger family in how they made decisions, thought of people of their own race, and how they treated people of a different race.

Living in a time of racism took its toll on the Younger family in how they made their choices. Because no one believed that colored people could do anything in America, the Younger family felt that they needed to prove that they could. In the eyes of Walter, the man of the house, once you received money you spent it. Some may say that this is because they have lived in poverty; therefore, they just always want to spend money right away. However, I think that they lived this way because they want to prove to the other races that they can make something of themselves. The Younger family makes their choices hoping that the racist views on them will change to something more positive. Because of the racism towards colored people, they often feel like African-Americans are too intimidated to do something more with their lives. “Why? You want to know why? ‘Cause we all tied up in a race of people that don’t know how to do nothing but moan, pray and have babies”. Walter sees his race this way because of society. By society I am referring to the racist people of their world. He doesn’t think this way because they told him to; only because, people sometimes can’t think for themselves. Others put thoughts into his head. This can be a good or bad situation. Sometimes it’s inspiring; while, at other times, it can make you feel...
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