When reading Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin In The Sun, there are many characters to take into consideration. Every character plays an important role in the play.

When reading Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin In The Sun, there are many characters to take into consideration. Every character plays an important role in the play.

Walter: The Villain and The Hero When reading Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin In The Sun, there are many characters to take into consideration. Every character plays an important role in the play. If one of them were missing, the play would not have the same impact and would not have so many different points of view, which is what makes it such a moving play in the first place. The main character of the play is the father, husband, brother and son all in one person. This is Walter Younger. He is the father of Travis, who is ten, the husband of Ruth, who is considering abortion, the brother of Benetha, who is outspoken and very much into her heritage, and the son of Mama, who is a very nice, religious woman, wanting only the best for her family. Walter is caught in the mindset that money should be more important to his family than thinking love will get them through anything. I believe he feels like this because he carries the weight of having to support the whole family. Walter has the burden of making sure everyone is taken care of. Even though Mama, Lena Younger, thinks she carries the biggest burdens, Walter has the most stress on him. The whole plot of the story is pushed along by the decisions that Walter makes throughout the play. As the play starts, Walter is drunk all the time. He is never in control and he always raises his voice. He is always out drinking at the bar and coming home drunk, only to cause trouble with his family. When he is home, he is constantly fighting with his wife because he feels like their marriage is stuck in a hole; this is part of the reason he drinks so much. It is obvious that he feels he is stuck in a rut, sinking down. What he does not understand, is that the farther he spirals down, the more he brings his family with him. The family seems to get along with each other until Walter gets home from work and has been drinking. He starts …


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