Before the money came, the family began to have their own dreams and Mama listened. Lindner that his family members are plain but proud people. The person I saw that had the foremost wishes was Mama. He and his friends give their combined cash to Willie, who is going to bribe certain officials to speed up their application for a liquor license. Walter decides to call Mr.
When the check finally does arrive, Lena has trouble dealing, for she realizes that the ten thousand dollars is a replacement for her husband. These pressures increase when Walter's wife, Ruth, finds out that she is pregnant for the second time, and begins seriously contemplating abortion. Ruth falls ill at the end of the first the scene, and it seems that she is pregnant. The family will move into their new home. In my mother's house there is still God.
Walter works as a chauffeur for a white man, but he dreams of opening a liquor store with his buddies and making more money for his family. She is both bewildered and flattered by the offer. Asagai is her second boyfriend, a college student who is from Nigeria. Beneatha returns after changing her clothes and leaves with George. A Raisin in the Sun Plot Summary The play opens as the Younger family anxiously awaits the arrival of a check. The oldest son, Walter a man of 35 with a wife and a young son , wishes to invest in a liquor store. Travis, the young son of Ruth and Walter Lee, sleeps on the couch in the living room and is constantly awoken by noise from the adults.
Mama tells the family that she put a down payment on a house in Clybourne Park with the insurance money, so that Travis will one day be able to grow up to become a man with property. Ruth succeeds in teasing him into giving her a kiss good-bye. He snaps at Travis and Beneatha, poking fun at his sister's dream of becoming a doctor. Lindner is totally unaware of his insensitivity and his insulting behavior as he goes to great lengths to persuade the Youngers into changing their minds regarding their move. Mama justifies it by saying the houses are much cheaper there. But Mama devoutly says that they must still love Walter, that a family member needs love the most when they have reached his lowest point.
Travis has started to earn extra money carrying out groceries at the local supermarket. Walter says he'd love to talk to George about some ideas he has, and Walter nods politely but obviously uninterested. He is dedicated to improving life in Nigeria, his home land. The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Walter wants to know where Mama went because he's concerned about what she might have done with the money, but she evades his question. At Beneatha's request, he has borrowed a traditional African costume for her to wear.
However, there is considerable disagreement within the household on how the money will be spent, resulting in friction within the Younger family. Ruth was being prevented from having a baby because of money problems; Walter was bringing himself down by trying to make the liquor store idea work. Lena does not approve of the liquor store either. She remembers when as a child people would say that she always aimed too high. Then George Murchison enters to pick up Beneatha for their date, shocked by what he sees. The family seeks to move into a home in a White middle-class neighborhood. In an effort to quadruple the money, the son invests the money and ends up losing all of it.
Written by Callie Labrador is the matriarch of the Younger family who live in a cramped Chicago apartment far too small for them. He had his flaws, Mama admits, but he deeply loved his children. It now seems fitting to use the money to complete that long held dream. On the same day that the check arrives, Ruth finds out that she is pregnant, which makes her question whether the family can afford to raise another child. Ultimately, Mama believes that a man should run the household and is she is eager to demonstrate her confidence in her son's ability to lead the family. Joseph Asagai pays a spontaneous visit to the household, offering to help the family pack. Walter irrationally urges Mama to give him the money, gradually become irate and furious.
She ignored the racial lines they would prevent the normal black people from even thinking of moving in that type area and pursued her dream, her dream house. Walter doesn't want to challenge the present system as Beneatha does. The entire family lives within the walls of a tiny apartment and the play takes place entirely in its worn out, lived-in living room. Beneatha verbally disowns her brother. The stakes continue to climb as questions about identity, class, value, race and love become forefront issues, and outsiders to the family make it impossible to forget the world that the Younger family cannot seem to escape. Lindner believes he is doing the Youngers a favor as he tries to persuade them not to move into the all White neighborhood. Character Summary Lena Younger Mama is a 60-year-old matriarch, meaning she's a woman who rules or dominates her family.