Raisin In The Sun

Raisin In The Sun
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  • Significance:  Mama and Walter have different opinions on what the money should be spent on. Mama used the money on a house for the family and Travis. Which makes Walter bitter and upset because he wants to use the money to invest in a liquor store. 
  • Passage:    "She went out and she bought you a house" (74)
  • Significance: Walter has become so sad he hasn't been going to work the past 3 days. After Ruth tells him he will lose his job Walter doesn't seem to care at all. Even though Walter cares the most about money he is making things way worse by no going to work.
  • "She said Mr. Arnold has had to take a cab for three days…Walter, you ain’t been to work for three days! Where you been, Walter Lee Younger? You’re going to lose your job."  That's right ....(87)
  • Significance: Walter feels like Mama is crushing his dreams by spending the money. Mama realizes that Walter really needs this liquor store so she gives him $6,500 and says that $3,500 is his and the other $3,000 is for Beneatha and her education. Walter asks if mama trusts him with it and she says that she always which makes Walter's life turnaround.
  • Passage: "I ain't ever stop trusting you like I ain't ever stop loving you" (90)
  • Significance: He says the way "we" do things in Clyborne park. Ruth and Walter both do not notice this but Beneatha is able to recognize that he is being racist. It shows that Beneatha's knowledge of black history helps her notice racism.
  • Passage: "Well – it’s what you might call a sort of welcoming committee, I guess. I mean they, we – I’m the chairman of the committee – go around and see the new people who move into the neighborhood and sort of give them the lowdown on the way we do things out in Clybourne Park. "(98)
  • Significance: Ruth is saying that Whites fear interracial marriage. Which is why they don't want them in their neighborhood. They also see it as a threat to their way of life.
  • "What they think we going to do – eat ‘em? No, honey, marry ‘em."(103)
  • Significance: Walter thinks he has done a good thing by investing in the liquor store. But when he gets the news from bobo he realizes what he has done. He betrayed his mother's trust and ruined Beneatha's future instead of making it better.
  • Passage: "Cause sometimes its hard to let the future begin"(107)
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