main character (protagonist); Lena's son, Ruth's husband, Travis' dad, Beneatha's brother; works as a chauffeur; dreams of having a liquor store
wife of Walter; mother of Travis; learns she is pregnant and thinks about having an abortion; wants to move into the new house
Lena (Mama) Younger
Big Walter's wife; Walter's mother; Beneatha's mother; Travis' grandmama; receives a life insurance check because Big Walter died; uses part of the money for a down payment on a house
Walter's sister; Ruth's sister-in-law; Lena's daughter; Travis' aunt; going to college to be a doctor; dates George and Asagai; learning about her culture; part of the money is for her college
Walter and Ruth's 10 year old son; he sleeps on some cushions in the living room; is willing to carry groceries to help make money
college friend of Beneatha; comes from a well-to-do family; wants to marry Beneatha, but expects her to be pretty and quiet
college friend of Beneatha; he's from Nigeria, Africa; accuses Beneatha of assimilationism; brings her a gift from Africa; proposes to Beneatha so she will marry him and move to Nigeria and practice medicine there
only white character; Representative of the Clybourne Park Improvement Association; offers to buy their house by giving them more money than what they paid for the down payment
Walter's friend; they plan to start a liquor store; he runs off with all the money
Walter's friend; plans to be part of the liquor store; tells Walter and his family Willy ran off with all the money they gave him
"There simply is no blasted god - there is only man and it is he who makes miracles!"
"Couldn't never catch up with his dreams."
"No, - there ain't no woman."
"What have you done to your head?"
"There is only one large circle that we march in, around and around, each of us with our own little picture - in front of us - our own little mirage that we think is the future."
"Here I am a giant - surrounded by ants! Ants who can't even understand what it is the giant is talking about."
"Baby, don't nothing happen for you in this world 'less you pay somebody off."
Check from Mama's husband's life insurance.
Negros who give up their heritage to take on the traits of the current culture; Beneatha changing her hair
Asagai's nickname for Beneatha; it means "one for whom bread - food - is not enough"
The reason Beneatha wouldn't marry George
George was too shallow
The reason Walter was a disgrace to his father's memory
Walter was concerned with money and lost traditional family values
The reason why Walter said, "Damn my eggs ... damn all the eggs that ever was!"
Ruth kept pushing reality on Walter while he had dreams for a better life.
The people who see the changes of life
The reason why Walter didn't take the money Lindner offered
Walter's conscience wouldn't let him
Mama's part of the money
$3,500 for a down payment on a house
Beneatha's part of the money
$3,000 for school
Walter's part of the money
$3,500 that Mama told him to put in a savings account and do with what he wished but Walter took his part and Beneatha's part of the money and gave it to Willy Harris who ran off with the money.
"He finally came into his manhood today, didn't he?" about Walter. Walter learned that money is not life but rather the value of family is what is important.
"A Raisin In The Sun"
Poem by Langston Hughes that askes, "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?