am 24. April 1998
A Raisin in the sun was written to reflect one man's struggle to pull himself up from the slums to make a better life for his son and family. Walter was a weak man and had always had his father's coat-tails to ride on. When his father was alive he had a role model, someone who knew how to be a man and Walter never learned that it meant doing things the hard way. He and his friends were out looking for fast fortune and it never worked out. Walter had big dreams of owning big cars and living up where the rich white folks live.
Beneatha had dreams of being a doctor and she was head strong and determined not to let anything or anyone stand in her way. Least of all her pathetic brother, Walter. She wanted to be loved and appreciated for all of her struggles but she did not know how to earn that love and appreciation. Ruth was a woman who had seen many battles in life. She expected to live the good life with Walter and when that did not happen, she stood by his side anyway. They had one son that they could hardly take care of and when she found herself pregnant she became desperate looking for a solution. How were they going to take care of a child, they could hardly feed and clothe the one they had.
Ruth was strong and she was the backbone for her husband.
The matriarch in the Family though was Mama. She was the string that held all of her family together. An example of this was when she tied the sticks around the flower to hold it together for moving. This represented her pulling the family together to prepare for the hardships that would probably come their way in moving out to Clyborne Park. They knew that they would not be wanted in that area, but the family had seen and been through more than enough in their time. This story represents the struggle to be a family, to take care of what you love and do what you have to do to see that your family is taken care of. It also represents the struggle that many people go through in life to be someone within themselves.