A Rasin in the Sun
In A Raisin in the Sun written by Lorrain Hansberry Walter experiences frustration throughout act one. The family lives in a small apartment with just two bedrooms. Mama and Beneatha share a room and the other one is for Ruth and Walter. Travis, the son sleeps on the couch everyday in the living room. Walter, the man of the house, works as a chauffer everyday making little money. However, opportunities arise with the insurance money that the family will receive from the death of Walter’s father. Unhappy with his job, Walter wants to be rich and devises a plan to acquire wealth with his friends to invest his father’s insurance money in a new liquor store venture. Nevertheless, the family believes in buying a new house to have a better life instead of risking it all on a risky venture. Walter demonstrates the trait of frustration throughout the Scene. At the breakfast table, Ruth does not agree with Walter’s Liquor store plan, thus Walter becomes frustrated and says “That is just what is wrong with the colored woman in this world… Don’t understand about building their men up and making’em feel like they somebody like they can do something” (34). The Liquor store to Walter is an opportunity that leads to a great provider for the family. Working as a chauffer for a rich white man has made Walter totally dissatisfied. There's no room for advancement as an African American. Thus Liquor store is the only hope for Walter to become rich and successful. In order to invest the money Walter needs support from his family, which he is not receiving according to the context. In Walter’s perspective Ruth is shutting him down with negativities and unreliability. Next, Mama comes and talks about how to spend the money. Mama wants a new house and she does not believe in investing in the liquor store. Walter comes in shortly after the check arrives and tires to convince Mama otherwise. However, Mama will not listen, which frustrated...
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