A Raisin in the Sun: Essay

Topics: Learning, Prince, Hold Pages: 2 (667 words) Published: November 3, 2002
The Younger family is an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. Walter Lee Younger's father has passed away, leaving ten thousand dollars from life insurance. This drama deals with how the family copes with this money, their dreams, race, and each other. During the play, Mama says, "Sometimes you just have to know when to give up some things…and hold on to what you got." This statement relates to Walter, Beneatha, and Mama's lives, because they each learn to give up and hold onto things. In the end, Beneatha holds onto what ideally should be important. Through Asagai, she realizes that she is slowly being assimilated into the American culture, which is shown by her unnaturally straight hair. After Agasai questions her hair, she cuts it, and later stands up for her heritage before George. This shows she holds onto her heritage and takes pride in it. In scene three she shows she holds onto her dream of becoming a doctor, and also her family, along with Asagai. Throughout the play Beneatha must also give up things. In holding on to her heratige, she gives up material things. Along with this she must give up George Murchison. She can't accept his negativity about expressing their African heritage. She learns what to give up and hold onto mostly through Asagai. He helps her find her identity, which is just what she is looking for. She holds onto what is dear to her and what helps her explore herself. Walter is a very troubled individual. He believes that everything can be solved with money. By the end of the play, however, that belief is let go. He now believes that a close-knit family can solve much more than money. He rekindles his relationship with his wife, Ruth, and realizes how important she really is in his life. Momentarily, he gives up his family's pride to the idea of Mr. Linder's offer of more money, but when the time eventually does come for him to make the decision, he realizes how important it is to his family, and he...
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