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A Raisin In The Sun Everyone in America wants to achieve financial success in their life in one form or another Sometimes living in a capitalistic society entices many to become too materialistic This is most commonly referred to as the American Dream For most Americans this high status is very difficult to achieve The play A Raisin in the Sonwritten by Lorraine Hansberry examines an African-Americans familys struggle to break out of the poverty that is preventing them from achieving some sort of financial stability or the American Dream It focuses on Walters attempt in making it or being somebody In this play Walter has become corrupted by the more Materialistic ideals of Americas society The frustrations that Walter has to deal with affects the family a great deal For example if Walter gets upset at work or has a bad day he cant get angry with his boss and risk loosing his job instead he takes it out on his wife Ruth Also the job that he holds can only provide so much to the family Hes not even capable of providing his son Travis with some pocket change without becoming broke himself Walter Younger is thirty-five years old and all he is is a limousine driver He is unhappy with his job and he desperately seeks for an opportunity to improve his family standing He tells his mother how he feels about his job when she wouldnt give him the ten thousand dollars to invest in a liquor Store I open and close car doors all day long I drive a man around in his limousine and I say Yes sir no sir very good sir shall I take the drive sir Mama that aint no kind of job that aint nothing at all Mama I dont know if I can make you understand Walter is not able to provide for his family by American standards and as
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