In and his mother, Mama, for the

In the play A Raisin in the Sun, the audience is immersed into the lives of the Youngers, an African American family that struggles in finding a place in society where they belong. The primary focus of this play is The American Dream, and throughout the play the audience gets to see what each character considers to be a better life. A primary example for this would be Walter Lee, he struggles to accomplish his dream and inclinations, yet, he also serves as a hero and villain due to the actions that he takes to reach his goal. Walter’s main dream is to be the sole provider for his family and being able to provide a better life for each of them. “Walter: I been married eleven years and I got a boy who sleeps in the living room…. And all I got to give him are stories about how rich white people live…” (Hansberry 34). Due to the segregation that was intertwined with society in the 1950s, Walter cannot provide the same privileges to his family that white men provide for their families. Walter’s plan for being able to provide for his family is to invest on a liquor store with the insurance money that Big Walter left for Mama after he passed away, but little did Walter know that it would be the most regretful choice that he’s made. “The more familiar irony of the Youngers’ poverty is obvious enough: their deprivations expose the gap between the American Dream and the Black American reality.” (Brown 241). The critic, Brown, shows how the race of some people can deprive them in achieving the American Dream, pointing out how it is not for everyone, which is a misunderstanding.The authority figure and person with the most power in the Youngers family was constantly in changing hands. In A Raisin in the Sun, the audience is shown the struggle between Walter and his wife, Ruth, and Walter and his mother, Mama, for the power and authority in the Youngers household. In Act one of the play, Walter oversteps Ruth’s authority just to aggravate her and demonstrate his power as head of the family.

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