12_10 Response 1 - A Raisin in the Sun

12_10 Response 1 - A Raisin in the Sun - Fornecker 1...

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Fornecker 1 Benjamin Fornecker Prof. Greenfield Invitation to Theatre 10 December 2007 The Effects of Money on Family in A Raisin in the Sun A Raisin in the Sun starts off in 1950s Chicago in a segregated neighborhood with the Younger family, who live in a very small house, but are looking to better themselves and make the best of what they have. Walter Lee, the husband of the family, looks to provide for them whenever possible and wants to succeed in order to become wealthy. This recurring theme of both money and family is central to the lives of this 1950s African family living a low class life. Walter works as a chauffeur for wealthy white people and dreams of someday opening up a liquor store in order to have a thriving business in which he can become one of the wealthy people that have a personal chauffeur. “You see, this little liquor store we got in mind cost seventy-five thousand and we figured the initial investment on the place be. ..ten thousand each” (Hansberry 33). When the play begins, the family is awaiting a life insurance check to come in the mail for Lena’s husband’s death. This check, which should be for ten thousand dollars, could greatly change the family’s life in many ways. Mama has not told anyone what she will do with the check, but Walter assumes that he will be given the money to start his business with two friends, Willy and Bobo. This ongoing theme of money takes over at times as it is all Walter can think about. “Check coming today?” (Hansberry 26). Walter asks this question many times, knowing that the check will be arriving on Saturday morning.
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Fornecker 2 The family does not have much money to spare as their son Travis sleeps on the pullout couch in the living room each night. Despite these issues, Walter wants the best for his family and proves this when Travis needs fifty cents for school. “In fact, here’s another fifty cents…Buy yourself some fruit today – or take a taxicab to school or
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