Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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Thomas Jefferson once said, “if you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” In the drama A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, each of the characters has a specific dream that they want to attain, but face difficulties that they must overcome. Walter has a dream of becoming a businessman and opening a liquor store, but he feels like it is constantly being turned down by Mama. Beneatha wants to be a doctor, but being a female doctor was extremely uncommon at the time. Mama wants to buy a house and make the family happy, but buying a house isn’t so easy with their financial circumstances. Through each of the character’s perseverance, one can realize the theme that human beings have the power to change the…show more content…
With this dream, there were a few problems. First of all, he needs money to open it up. He thinks ought this problem will ould be solved when Mama’s $10,000 check comes in, but he comes to learn that it is not that easy. For example, Mama has strong Christian beliefs, and opening the liquor store is against her Christian beliefs. When Walter gets the papers from Willy Harris in the mail with all the information about the liquor store on paper, he gets excited. He goes to show it to Mama and talk to her about it, but she denies even looking at the papers. Walter begins to lose his temper and yell to the family about how they never listen to him, but Mama replies by telling him that “there ain’t going to be no investing in no liquor stores” (I.2.54). This demonstrates that Walter does not have the support needed from his family on this liquor store. This upsets him because he expects more from himself. He talks to Mama about how he wants to open the liquor store, and she tells him that he has “a job, a nice wife, [and] a fine boy” (I.2.57). Mama saying that Walter has a job really sticks out to him. He replies by
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