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A Raisin in the Sun

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In the novel "A Raisin in the Sun" an African American family suffers the loss of one of their family members. He was the oldest person in the family and had always had dreams of his family having a better life. When he died the life insurance company sent the rest of the family a check for ten thousand dollars. The family argues impatiently about how they should spend the money when they finally receive

the money. Walter Lee, the oldest son, wants to invest the money into a liquor store but his younger sister, Beneatha, wants to save most of it to help pay her college tuition. Walters' wife, Ruth, does not know how the money should be spent. The following paragraph will be told in her point of view.

My name is Ruth Younger, I am married to Walter Lee and I love him dearly. He is a good husband but he can also cause me much grief. He is always explaining to me his newest dreams about how he is going to make life better for me and the rest of the family. Walters' father just passed away and the life insurance company sent us a hefty check for ten thousand dollars in the mail. No one can decide how to spend the money. I think that Walters' mom should spend the money and go on a trip somewhere far away. Walter keeps telling me about his newest dream of buying a liquor store and how I should try to persuade his mom into letting him spend the money on it. I don't know how we should spend the money so I joined Walters' side and tried to get Mama to let him spend it on his dream. Apparently I joined the wrong side because as soon as Walter gave the money to Willy Harris, one of his buddies who wants to go into business with him, he ran off with the money. Now beneatha will have no money to pay for college and Mama can forget about going on a vacation.

In the end we came to realize that no one should rely on the death of another person the achieve their goals in life. We learned this very valuable lesson the hard way and now we will have to work hard to achieve our goals. That is the way it is and that is how life should be because nothing should come easy.



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