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Love And Sacrifice: Analysis Of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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Lauren Oliver once said, “I guess that’s just part of loving people: You have to give things up. Sometimes you even have to give them up” (Good Reads). This quote connects very well to the play, A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry. The quote conveys the message that if one loves someone, one must give things up. A Raisin in the Sun is about an African-American family living in the south side of Chicago in the 1950s. The Younger family is a lower-class family that has been struggling to make their dreams come true. One of the character’s in the play named Walter Lee has been struggling to make his dreams come true. Walter’s changes that are shown tie to the quote written by Lauren Oliver. The changes that are seen in Walter Lee throughout the book, A Raisin in the Sun, reflects the theme that one must sacrifice something for the love and happiness of one’s family.
To start off, Walter’s obsession with money is going to cost him a lot since it is the only thing he cares about. In the beginning, Walter starts out by only caring only about himself, but towards the end, he starts to care for everyone else as well. This shows that Walter is a selfish person. As Walter Lee states to Ruth, “Yeah. You see, this little liquor store we got in mind cost seventy-five thousand and we figured the initial investment on the place be ‘bout thirty thousand, see” is the dream that Walter Lee has for himself (Hansberry 33). Walter wants the money that the Younger family is getting from the insurance company to buy the liquor store. He thinks that the liquor store will make them rich and the family would not have to struggle anymore. At the end, Walter changes his whole point of view towards the insurance money. Walter declares to Mr. Linder, “And we have decided to move into our house because my father---my father—he earned it for us brick by brick. We don’t want to make no trouble for nobody to fight no causes, and we will try to be good neighbors… We don’t want your money” (148). Walter gives up the money that Mr. Linder offers to the Younger family to make them not move into the new house. He gives up his offer so that the family could move into the house and everyone will have more room. Walter sacrifices the money for his family’s happiness.
Towards the middle of the play, Walter becomes more selfish than he was in the beginning because of the way he has been acting recently with his family. Walter never really looks at what his family is doing for each other’s happiness. Instead, he only cares for himself. Mama points out to Walter, “Your wife say she going to destroy your child. And I’m waiting to hear you talk like [your father] and say we a people who give children, not who destroys them…. (WALTER picks up his keys and his coat and walks out.)” (Hansberry 75). Walter walks out on Ruth. He does not even care to tell Ruth that she should not have an abortion. In addition, Walter does not show any affection for his wife. Also, Walter does not...

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