English 10, Period 1
4 November 2012
Walter’s Big Dreams
In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry, one of the main characters, Walter Younger, has to deal with women that don’t understand his dreams and aspirations. The play is set in the mid 1900’s. The Younger family lives on the South Side, or ghetto, of Chicago. The family is about to receive a $10,000 live insurance payment for the Mama’s husband that recently passed away. Everyone in the family has their own thoughts on what to do with this large sum of money, but it is ultimately Mama’s decision of how it will be used. Walter is your typical African American man in this time period. Although the family is struggling financially, Walter is always trying to think of ways to better the families economic situation. Walter believes that money will solve all of his problems at first, but in the end his family is the paramount issue.
As the play begins to progress, Walter Younger’s anger increases because no one will acknowledge his ideas to make the family rich and happy. The only instance where Walter seems to be happy at all is in the early sections of the play when the check is about to arrive. Walter has already planned out that his friend Willy Harris and himself are going to use the money from the check to invest in a liquor store with his. He really wants be his own boss, and doesn’t like a rich white person bossing him around all the time. This is evident when he says, “ ... Mama, a job? I open and close car doors all day long. I drive a man around in his limousine and say ‘Yes, sir; no, sir; very good, sir; shall I take the Drive, sir? Mama ain’t no kind of job...that ain’t nothing at all”” (60). This quote clearly shows how unhappy Walter is with his job as well as his pay. Another example of this is evident when Walter says “I want so many things that they are driving me crazy . . . Mama––look at me” (60). It is conspicuous that Walter feels as...
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