A Rasin In The Sun Essay

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A Raisin In The Sun To many, the primary purpose of life is to live the dreams. Dreams are the key to joys and sorrows of life. Walter realized his dream of becoming a business owner could not be succeeded. After losing hope, Walter could not control his rage and releases it on Mama, "So you butchered up a dream of mine - you - who always talk 'bout your children's dreams… (p. 80)" A few weeks later, Mama gave the remaining insurance money of six thousand five hundred dollars to Walter, attempting to revive him. The spirit of life renewed in him. Walter "holds his arms open for Travis" and said, "You just name it, son… and I hand you the world! (p. 89)" He happily accepts the world again, enjoying what life has to offer. However, Walter's dream was again shattered.The worst experience in life is to never reach a goal. Even though some dreams were eliminated and transformed, the Youngers ultimately worked toward a common dream together.A Raisin in the Sun takes place in Southside Chicago between WWI and the present. The setting of the house is very worn out and tired very much like the people living there. In this poverty filled two bedroom apartment lives Mama, Beneatha, Walter Lee Jr., Ruth and their ten year old son Travis. Beneatha and Mama share a room, Walter and Ruth share a room, and Travis merely sleeps on the couch. The five main characters in a raisin In The Sun are: Lena Younger (mama). Beneatha Younger, Ruth Younger, Walter Lee Younger, and Travis Younger.Lena Younger referred in the book mostly as Mama, is a strong black woman in her mid sixties. In this play she is the one faced with all of the life changing decisions. Her husband Walter Sr. passed away (the date is never disclosed), now Lena will be receiving an insurance check of ten thousand dollars. But the only problem is that every body has their own idea of how the money should be spent. Everybody has now lost focus of real life issues except for Lena and it is her job to keep everyone in line. But she also has her own choices to make like whether she will send her daughter to Med. School, invest in her son's liquor store, buy...

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