“When a cat take off with your money he don’t leave you no road maps! (2.3, 128)” In the play, A Raisin In The Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, the Younger family each feels what it is like to lose hope in their dreams and have it deferred. Walter Lee wants to start a liquor store to support his family his own way. Beneatha wants to escape from the traditional views on women and become a doctor, but at the same time she wants to find her cultural roots. Ruth wants to be able to care for her unborn child and her son, Travis, in a home where they don’t have to worry about financial problems and to fix her relationship with Walter.
Walter is barely getting by financially, due to his low income as a limousine driver, desperately has the desire to become wealthy--who doesn’t?. Walter plans to invest in his own liquor store which he will run alongside his good friend Willy, and plans to do so with his portion of his mother’s insurance check; did I mention that the check was for $10,000! Mama puts down money for a house --a house, in an all-white neighborhood, with a lawn, that her grandson will be able to play on. This has always been a dream of her and her husband, and now that he is gone, she only wants it more. I noticed a few major symbols throughout the scenes in this play.
After this realization, Beneatha gains thoughts on how to achieve her dream of becoming a doctor (Kohorn). She presents her mother with her decision of getting married and how she "plans to find her roots in Africa" with Asagai (Silver). Walter wants the insurance money so that he can prove that he is capable of making a future for his family. By doing well in business, Walter thinks that he can buy his family happiness. Mama cares for Walter deeply and hates seeing him suffer so she gave into his idea.
As time went by, she married a man who did not fulfill the expectations of sophistication and monetary abundance that she had visualized; hence, shattering the lifestyle she imagined for herself and her children. Amanda’s demanding and idealistic views, along with the stories of past suitors were too much for her husband to bear so he ultimately abandoned her and their children for another woman he had had a long distance affair. Poverty stricken, Amanda and her family relied heavily on the meek income that her son Tom bought in from his job at a shoe warehouse and what little money she would occasionally make selling magazine subscription, whereas Laura was unable to contribute to... ... middle of paper ... ...da loved her children and had the best intentions for their future, her idealistic views of the past interfered with the realities of the world that they lived in. The worries and expectations she placed upon them were so damaging that it held her son’s confidence in himself back and diminish any dreams of a normal life for the daughter. Amanda’s illusion affected the family and herself the most because she did not want to appreciate the bright, beautiful, and kind children she had around her because she was too blinded by paranoia and the belief that nothing and nobody was ever good enough.
In Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun, the main characters have dreams in their lives. Mama dreamt of moving her family out of the ghetto, into a home with a yard where she could tend a yard and a space for the children to play. Beneatha had a dream to finish her schooling and become doctor who could save her race from ignorance and save them from dying. Walter had a dream of becoming rich like the rich people he drove around. He dreamt of becoming wealthy by owning his businesses and making more money to provide for his family as the rich people do.
During a telephone call to his girlfriend “I shall go to the pub after work” showing that he cannot stop drinking because he is dissatisfied with his life. Education is important for both Frank and Rita. Rita wants to become educated and tries to put off having a baby yet, admitting that this is what society deems to be her designated path when she says, “ I should have had a baby by now, people expect it”. However she wants to get a better job first, as her current job is no longer as interesting as it once was. She does not want to be hairdresser anymore as she finds it boring and lacking in intellectual stimulation.
Mama, Walter, and Beneatha have different interpretations of the American Dream: Mama’s perspective is family, Walter’s dream is material success , and Beneatha’s values independence. Mama’s dream is to attain a satisfying life for her family, own a house, and have Walter be the head of the household. Mama discovers her daughter-in-law Ruth is pregnant and wants to have an abortion Mama frantically says that she “done give one baby to poverty” and she not going to let the family give up another child (75). Mama lost a baby due to her poverty once and is determined to stop Ruth from doing the same. Mama has always dreamed of owning a home and now she believes a home will help keep her family together she tells Ruth she wants an little “old two story”(44) with a yard where she could have a garden and “Travis could play in ” (44) .
He was so determined to pursue his dream that he wanted only his dream to be accomplished and nobody else’s. Walter tells Beneatha “Who the hell told you you had to be a doctor? If you so interested in messin’ with sick people how about you become a nurse?” (Hansberry497) which lets the audience know that Walter doesn’t really support his sister in achieving her goals. Also in Act II Scene I, Walter questions his mother about where she has been all day worried that she has gone and spent the money that could have been used for his liquor store. With his mother disapproving of his business she decides that she is going to invest the money in a house instead.
The reason she attended college is so that she wouldn’t have to live the cliched life of being a house wife, with darling children, and an adoring husband. Carol has a desire from both ends of this argument. She loves her husband, but small town life doesn’t suit her. This conflict is internal because Carol is always at war with her conscience. Paragraph 4 The climax of this story comes in the last two chapters.
He believes that this liquor will help all the financial problems forever. Walter Wife, Ruth, agrees with Mama and with the idea of Walter, hoping he will find a better place and a better opportunity for there son, Travis. Finally, Beneatha, Walter's sister and Mama's daughter, wants to spend the money on her medical school. As the play progresses, the Youngers clash over their competing dreams.Throughout the play Hansberry includes many depicts of betrayal in the family. In Act 1, Scene 1, Walter talks about his dreams and appears to have the best plan to support his family.