A Raisin In The Sun: Reading Logs Act 1
Walter approaches Ruth with kindness but Ruth denies him at first. This tells Walter something is wrong and her being upset could foreshadow complications between them. Ruth longs for a new life. Day2:
Walter talks about a dream of owning a liquor store. He has the idea of getting some money from his Mom. Ruth denies him and ignores his dreams. They get into a fight on how useless each other are, comparing themselves to white people. Beneatha (nicknamed Bennie), the sister of Walter, is introduced. All of them argue on Beneatha’s career choice of becoming a doctor, how much medical school will cost, and they argue about Mama’s insurance money in general. Walter leaves for work and Mama is introduced. Mama shares past history about how things were planned but didn’t go accordingly, Big Walter, and losing a child named Claude. Day3:
Mama is religious and Beneatha is taking Guitar lessons. Ruth and Mama talk about how Beneatha switches activities a lot. Beneatha’s boyfriend George is shallow but rich. Beneatha describes George’s family/ the Murchison’s as stuck up snobs. Beneatha admits she does not believe in god. Mama slaps her and makes her “believe” while she is in the house. Day4:
Ruth tells Beneatha was a child. Mama admits there is something unknown between her and the family. Ruth tries to comfort Mama. Mama compares the children to the dying but still alive plant on the window. This symbolizes that the children have a fighting spirit, just like the plant. Ruth falls unconscious. The next morning Mama lies to Travis that Ruth is running her errands. Once Travis is out of the house, Mama tells Beneatha that Ruth is actually in the hospital. Beneatha invites Joseph Asagai over while she is cleaning. She begs for Mama to embarrass her. Ruth comes home showing how she is two months pregnant. Travis got in trouble for playing with a rat. Asagai comes over and gives Beneatha “robes” and talks about their...
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