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Raisin in the Sun
Terms in this set (37)
Character vs. Character
when a character has a problem with another character
Examples of Character vs. Character
Ruth vs. Walter
Beneatha vs. George Murchison
Character vs. Society
when a character has a problem with a tradition or rule of society
Examples of Character vs. Society
Beneatha vs. Society (Being a doctor)
Walter vs. Society (Low class but wants money for his bar)
Character vs. Self
when a character must make a decision about a problem or struggle he is having within himself
Examples of Character vs. Self
Mama vs. Self (Doesn't know what to do with money)
Ruth vs. Self (Wonders if she should keep the baby)
Character vs. Nature
When a character has a problem with a force of nature such as cold, storms, earthquakes, etc.
- buy house
- make Travis a better life
invest in liquor store
To get out of the house they're in and move to another neighborhood
to become a doctor
- Poor Younger family
- in poverty and wants to get out
- Ruth's pregnancy
- Beneatha's boyfriends
- Mama buys the house (down payment)
Mama's check for $10,000 shows up
Money is gone because Willy ran off with it
Decision to take money from Linder and give into racism OR move into house & accept prejudice
The Youngers realize how much work keeping the house will be but at least they are able to leave
The plant (Symbol)
- Mama's change
- new beginning
- for school
- not enough money
- family is poor
Why does Travis ask for fifty cents for school? Why doesn't Ruth, his mom, give it to him?
- way to earn money
- wants to help out family
What does it mean to "carry groceries after school"? Why would Travis want to do this?
- Walter feels like Ruth isn't supporting his dream
- Ruth wants to save money
- Walter wants to buy a business
What happens during the argument over eggs?
- not enough money to provide for another person
- Walter doesn't care
- not enough room in house
Why does Ruth consider having an abortion?
- for business
- provide for family
Why does Walter want the money from Mama so badly? Would this change Ruth's mind?
Young, wealthy African American man whom Beneatha dates
- doesn't care about his heritage
Young, educated man from Africa who encourages Beneatha to embrace her heritage
- brings Beneatha robes
George Murchison's shoes
Shows that the adoption of assimilation in society
Represents the Younger's heritage and a search to find meaning of yourself
represents Clybourne Park Improvement Association
- anxious and friendly at first
- They'll be more comfortable in their own community
What does Karl tell the Youngers? What are his reasons and justifications?
- Mama's plant
- George Murchison's white shoes
- Asagai's robes
- Beneatha's hair
- Stereotyping and Prejudice
- Dreams and Dreams Deferred
- Conflict between Expectations and Reality
- Strength of Family
New house = new start
Why does Ruth want to leave the house so badly?
Accept the way things are
Why does Mama want to fix the house up? What does this tell us?
Lost hope — all things in the way
Why does Mama just accept everything?
Take the money and move away in exchange
What does Walter initially plan to tell Karl Lindner?
Mama tells Travis to stay upstairs and watch Walter
What does Mama do when Ruth tells Travis to go downstairs after Mr. Lindner shows up?
It tells Walter that he is teaching his son the wrong thing and he shouldn't give into discrimination.
What is the purpose of Mama making Travis watch? Why does she do this?
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