This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Raisin In The Sun, Characterization Of Walter And Mama Sophomore English Essay

1266 words - 6 pages

Jaren Harmon
Ms. Sanders
September, 10th 2017
Period 7
A Raisin in the Sun
The Journey Of A Dehydrated Grape
All families will go through hardships in their time together. Lorraine Hansberry while
writing “A Raisin in the sun” about the social problems with America found that families are
going through the same problem. Hansberry wasn’t just writing about a black family, but a
problem that every family in America has and will always have. She saw how with each
generation, there will be a change in the way they think. They get enlightened in a way and think
of things from a completely different angle. She shows this with the characterization of Walter
and Mama.
Walter, a man in his thirties who drives as a chauffeur, his son, wife, mother, and sister
all live in a small damp apartment. Walter looks around and sees all of these rich white men
walking around with their extravagant clothes and beautiful ornate houses while he works twice
as hard and gets not even a fraction of what they get. He says “Mama sometimes when I’m
downtown and I pass them cool-quiet-looking restaurants where them white boys are sitting back
and talking ‘bout things…sitting there turning deals worth millions of dollars…sometimes I see
guys don’t look much older than me” (Hansberry 226). Walter thinks he sees an opportunity
where he might be able to change the future of his family. Eventually, he learns that like him
everyone else in the whole family has an idea of what they want to do with that money. He
explodes at mom and says “Do you know what this money means to me? Do you know what this
money can do for us?” (220). Walter believes that in order to become rich you have to take a big
risk in order to get what you want. This is a very materialistic view, that money is the most
important thing in the world even more than freedom. When Walter gets his chance to bet in the
big lottery machine of life he ends up coming dry and losing all of the families money.
Lena, on the other hand, is the complete opposite of Walter. She does not share this
materialistic view of the world. Lena grew up in completely different time from the 1950’s.
Lena worked every day alongside her Walter Sr and worked her hand to the bone and all she
wanted was to live the all American life: “Big Walter used to say, he’d get right wet in the eyes
sometimes, lean his head back with the water standing in his eyes and say, Seem like God didn’t
see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams but He did give us children to make them
dreams seem worthwhile” (206). She saw the rising of freedoms and how slavery was not
acceptable anymore. When Lena grew up she was told that was always looking to high this
shows that at one time when she was younger she shared a more materialistic view as Walter:
“You needs to slow down and see life a little more like it is. Just slow down some.” That’s what
they always used to say down home–“Lord, that Lena Eggleston is a high-minded thing. She’ll
get her due...

Find Another Essay On Raisin in the Sun, Characterization of Walter and Mama - Sophomore English - Essay

Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun - Mama as the Ideal Mother

1241 words - 5 pages unconditional, undying, and at times underestimated love for her child. To be a mother in the purest sense, she must embrace this notion of nurture.         Respect is one of the most sought after elements of society second only to money. Some must have it. Others need to command it. Without it hearts filled with dreams shrivel up like “a raisin in the sun”(1730). An example of such a circumstance is observed with the character Walter Lee

Literary devices for a raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry - AP English Literature - assignment

1174 words - 5 pages Literary Devices in a raisin in the sun. 1. Symbolism: An important quality that is given to a tangible thing or something abstract. Quote: “MAMA enters from her bedroom. She is lost, vague, trying to catch hold, to make some sense of her former command of the world, but it still eludes her. A sense of waste overwhelms her gait; a measure of apology rides on her shoulders. She goes to her plant, which has remained on the table, looks at it

Raisin in the Sun Essay Throughout the play A Raisin

815 words - 3 pages Raisin in the Sun Essay Throughout the play A Raisin in the Sun, by Ernest Hemmingway, I found that many of the characters had their own objects of symbolism. One character whose object I found most appealing, was Mama and her plant. This plant was everything to Mama; it was her most prized possession out of everything she owned.One act within this story, where Mama shows the reader how much this plant really means to her, is when she is

A Raisin in the Sun Essay

1299 words - 6 pages The story of “A Raisin in the Sun” is during a time where racism was still very alive and threatening to the African American race. A black family, the Younger’s is affected by this reality throughout the course of the play. Each family member is affected in a way uniquely their own. This essay will explore these occurrences and as a result what effect they have on the family. The Younger’s as a whole hope to make something of themselves

"Death of a Salesman" and "Raisin in the Sun"

2216 words - 9 pages traditional work ethic, and pinned their hopes on what they perceive as "easy" money. Willy Lomen, from Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, and Walter Lee Younger, from Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, were portrayed as victims of their quest for the American Dream. Their pursuit for the illusion of the Dream rather than the reality and their unwillingness to give in due to their pride resulted in devastating failures and the findings

Raisin In The Sun

609 words - 2 pages Drama Analysis WC: 609 Raisin in the Sun I will be writing on the five major characters in the story ?A Raisin in the Sun.? In the story all of the characters are different in there own ways but are all very much the same. In the story the five main characters are Lena Younger, Walter Younger, Joseph Asagai, Ruth Younger, and Beneatha Younger.First I will start with Lena Younger, who is better known as Mama throughout the story. Mama in the

Raisin in the Sun

1114 words - 5 pages was the youngest American, the first Black playwright, and the fifth woman at the time to receive it. “Raisin in the Sun” is about an African American family by the name of “Younger”. Apparently, the father, Mr. Younger, has died leaving a life insurance policy of $10,000 his wife, Mama, to care for the children. Mama, wants to buy a house in the white neighborhood, to fulfill a dream of getting her family out of the Ghettos. Walter Lee, her

raisin in the sun

882 words - 4 pages if they could use it for their dreams, especially Walter Lee; her son. Right before Mama gets the check in the mail, the whole family gets surprised by some news from Ruth, who is Walter Lee’s wife. Ruth ends up finding out that she is pregnant, and that she wants to get rid of the baby because she knows that there is no way that they could afford another child, nor do they have the room for it. The day Mama gets the check in the mail is the day

Raisin in the Sun

2019 words - 8 pages Lorraine Hansberry in her play, “Raisin in the Sun”, attempted to explain the feelings of the average African American Male in the 1940s. This persona, which is portrayed in the character Walter, had experienced a severe feeling of depression and hopelessness. In order to understand this source of grievance, one must relate back to the Great Migration and the dreams it promised and the reasons why many African Americans sought to move to the

raisin in the sun

689 words - 3 pages Running head: RELEVANT FILM/BOOK PAGE 1 RELEVANT FILM/BOOK PAGE 4 Relevant Film or Book ReportKaren A GillBSHS/422 Cultural Diversity and Special PopulationsSeptember 30, 2014Sheri MeyerRelevant Film or Book ReportTeam C has chosen to create an assessment and a strategy plan that is culturally competent on the character of Walter Lee Younger from the Play written by Lorraine Hansberry titled A Raisin in the Sun (Hansberry, (1959) 2007). Along

Analysis of A Raisin in the Sun

1257 words - 5 pages thoroughly different experience when told as an appalling story of discrimination. Noting the difference between my father and I, it clearly shows how times have changed for the better in our society. Overall, "A Raisin in the Sun" affected me in an enormously positive way. The contents of this essay do not even touch what the real experience was like. It not only provided an insight into a family's life in the 1950s, but also shaped a window

Similar Essays

The Role Of Mama In A Raisin In The Sun

1008 words - 4 pages In the 1950’s through the 1960’s women were not respected in there everyday lives, in the job field or in general. They did not have the rights they deserved, so during this time the “women’s movement” began. Women fought for their rights and fought for the self-respect that they thought they deserved. In the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, the character Mama, expresses her feelings of pushing or extracting a new side for a

Walter Lee And Manhood In A Raisin In The Sun

1034 words - 4 pages From dreams deferred to identity affirmed Lorraine Hansberry’s, “A Raisin in the Sun,” presents readers with many differing themes. The most prevalent and reoccurring theme is the effect money plays on society’s views of manhood and happiness. Readers are shown multiple characters with a diverse view on manhood. From Walter Lee with his matching societal views that a man should be able to provide whatever his family needs or wants to Lena

Comparative Essay On The Relationship Between Mama In "A Raisin In The Sun" And "A Dream Deferred" By Langston Hughes

746 words - 3 pages . Larraine Hansberry based her play A Raisin in the Sun on this poem, and many characters in the drama relate to it in one or more ways. Mama, a round character in A Raisin in the Sun, is a great example of the poem, “A Dream Deferred” being tied into the play by Hansberry. Mama is characterized from the poem with many dreams, heavy loads, and sweet moments that are mentioned both in “A Dream Deferred”, and in A Raisin in the Sun. Lena

Book Analysis On 'a Raisin In The Sun' How The Author Uses Plot And Characterization

1510 words - 6 pages How does responsibility aid in the fulfillment of a dream? In the play A Raisin In The Sun the author, Lorraine Hansberry, uses plot and characterization to convey the theme that one must be responsible to fulfill one's dreams, in order to accomplish her purpose of showing the positive effects of responsibility on a dream, and the negative effects of no responsibility on a dream. In this play, Hansberry's purpose relates to the theme because