Walter's A Raisin In The Sun

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Freedom is one's rights without restraint. Mama considers freedom to be unenslaved, while her children perceive it differently. Ruth, Bennie, and Walter uncover their personal freedoms, which include materialism along with career and financial independence, essential in identifying who they are and what they seek out of life. Ruth identifies her freedom as owning a home, essential in her identity, allowing her to have a feeling of possession and a materialistic accomplishment. Mama is receiving the check and expresses to Ruth her idea of purchasing a home. Ruth replies to this notion, "Well, Lord knows, we've put enough rent into this here rat trap to pay for four houses by now..." (44). Ruth's feelings reveal when she uses the term 'rat trap'…show more content…
When Mama attempts to convince Walter of his accomplishments, he refers to how his son Travis lives saying, "(Crumpling his papers) Well, you tell that to my boy tonight when you put him to sleep on the living-room couch!" (71). He is angered by his unaccomplishment, not being able to fulfill what Travis deserves, a proper bed. He yearns to become a successful business man and foreshadows investing the money in the liquor store one night when he says to his son travis, "You wouldn’t understand yet, son, but your daddy’s gonna make a transaction…a business transaction that’s going to change our lives…That’s how come one day when you ‘bout seventeen years old I’ll come home and I’ll be pretty tired…’cause an executive’s life is hell, man" (108). He imagines his future as an executive, but is misconceived that this is how one gains respect. Towards the end of the play, he finally makes that realization about his freedom while Mr. Lindner is at their apartment to buy the house in Clybourne Park. Walter says, "This is my son, and he makes the sixth generation our family in this country...we have decided to move into our
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