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In “Raisin in the Sun” Walter Lee Younger, Beneatha’s older brother, and father to Travis along side his wife Ruth. Walter shows his vast assortment of traits all throughout the play. Walter makes his dream very clear in the play, with his greatest goal being to provide better for his family. Walter is held down by his surrounding segregation and poverty, but what keeps him going is his obsession with a business idea which he thinks can fix all of his problems. Walter thinks that investing in liquor stores will quickly make him wealthy and give him the ability to turn his life around. Mr. Franklin mentioned something about Walter being similar to the Greek god Prometheus, and after reading this book and some further research, I completely agree with that. Prometheus was the god who was punished for bringing fire to the mortals. As punishment for this, Prometheus was chained to Mt. Caucasus, and every day an eagle would claw his liver out of him, only for it to grow back each night. Walter is chained too, only by different things, and his Mt. Caucasus, is the “hood” he lives in. He keeps obsessing on this dream of becoming rich, yet time and time again it is destroyed by his frustrations. Walter is so blinded by this obsession that he ends up burning the bridges he has even in his own family. Towards the end of the play, Walter’s mother, known by the name Mama, foolishly entrusts him with the rest of her money of her husband’s death, and tasks him with the chore of putting about half of this money away in the bank for Beneatha’s future schooling. Blinded by his visions of wealth and opportunity, Walter decides to invest all of the money in the liquor stores. He decides to entrust Willie Harris, one of his investing partners, with all of the money. Unfortunately for all of the Youngers, Willie bolts, leaving them all back where they started.Early on in the play, we are introduced to George Murchison. George is one of the two love interests surrounding Beneatha. He is very well educated and his family is extremely wealthy. He never shows much depth or feeling throughout the play, and he’s just focused on showing off his high status, which is why I chose him as the flattest character in “A Raisin in the Sun”. George has a lot of self hatred, so much so in fact, that it results in his general hate of blacks in general. Many times during the play, George makes references to his status by making comments relating to things only he understands. A great example of this is when George is taking Beneatha to go see a play. Before leaving, Ruth, Walter’s wife, asks George what time the play starts. He responds with one of his classic allusions, saying, “It’s an eight-thirty curtain. That’s just Chicago, though. In New York, standard curtain time is eight-forty.” This reference is just lost on Ruth as she probably hasn’t had the chance to go to a play, and who definitely has never traveled to New York before. Even by Ruth’s question, “What time is the show?” you can tell that she thinks of it just like seeing a movie rather than formal theatre. Later on, when Beneatha mentions something about Africa, George tries to show off and proceeds to recite everything he knows about Africa. This is also ironic, because clearly George lacks respect or any passion at all towards African culture or heritage. After some deep analysis and research of the scene where Beneatha and George are inevitably breaking up, George warns Beneatha to not be such a free-thinking “new woman”. He follows this up by saying, “I don’t go out with you to discuss the nature of ‘quiet desperation,'” which is another one of his many allusions to his vast knowledge. After a little digging, I found out that this term actually comes from a book written by Henry David Thoreau, titled Walden, where he states: “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.”

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