The Clash Of Old And New

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In Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, she uses the characters Beneatha and Walter to show the generation gap from Mama to her children, the generation gap causes a clash between values of new and old. Mama’s children are obsessed with money and the future, while all Mama cares about is freedom and her family.
Beneatha and Walter’s outlook on life is very different from Mama’s outlook on life. Mama states “Once upon a time freedom used to be life – now it’s money. I guess the world really do change.” Mama is saying that all that matters in her life is freedom and family, but now everyone only wants money. Beneatha and Walter prove what Mama said to be true throughout the play, ...view middle of the document...

But where Mama bought the house wasn’t the best choice. She chose to buy a house in an all white neighborhood. Her family wasn’t so thrilled about where the house was but they tried to make the best of the situation. When the neighborhood found out that a black family was moving in they did not want to let it happen, so they offered the Youngers more money then they paid for the house so that they wouldn’t move in. But Mama refused to accept the offer.
Mama trusted Walter to do the right thing with the money she had given him, but Walter failed to do what he was told. He lost all the money, Beneatha’s money for college never even made it to the bank. The family was devastated when they found out; they all turn on each other except for Mama. Mama kept telling them that all they have left is each other and they need to live, learn, and accept that humans make mistakes. But Beneatha just cannot seem to forgive Walter for losing all the money; her dreams being able to go to college are gone. Walter is torn and knows what he did was immoral, and needs to find a way to make it up. So Walter remembers the deal that Karl Lindner had made with the Younger family and calls him to come over. When Karl Linder comes into the house Mama is shocked to see him and tells him to leave that they don’t want...

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