A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

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  • You tired, ain't you? Tired of everything. Me, the boy, the way we live-this beat-up hole -everything. Ain't you? So tired-moaning and groaning all the time, but you wouldn't nothing to help, would you? You couldn't be on my side that long for nothing, could you? 
  • A man needs a woman to back him up...
  • Walter-
  • Walter, please leave me alone.
  • Oh so you don't aim to speak on that again? So you have decided...Well you tell that to my boy tonight when you put him to sleep on the living room couch...Yeah-and tell it to my wife, Mama, tomorrow when she has to go out of here to look after somebody else's kids. And tell it to me, Mama every time we need a new pair of curtains, and i have to watch you go out and work in somebody's kitchen. Yeah, you tell me then!
  • I don't 'low no yellin'in this house, Walter Lee, and you know it-And there ain't going to be investing in no liquor stores I don't aim to have to speak on that again. 
  • My hair--what's wrong with my hair?
  • No... of course not.
  • It's not mutilation!
  • You wear it well...very well...mutilated hair and all. 
  • Were you born with it like that? 
  • And so to accommodate that--you mutilate it every week? 
  • This is an illustration of an external conflict between Walter and Ruth because Walter sees Ruth is tired of living poorly and working all day and night, and that a man needs a woman to back him up, while Ruth pleads for Walter to leave her alone because she is stressed.
  • This is an illustration of an external conflict between Walter and Mama because Walter is tired of nobody listening to him and because Mama makes all the decisions in the family. He also reminds Mama of the current struggles the family is facing. 
  • This is an example of an internal conflict because Asagai points out to Beneatha that she has assimilated herself by changing her hair style. Beneatha disagrees with Asagai's comment on her mutilated hair and insists that this is her normal look but Asagai isn't buying any of it. This affects Beneatha internally because throughout the play her main goal was to find her identity and assimilating herself isn't going to help her and she is well aware of that.  
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