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In "A Raisin in the Sun," Mama says: "He finally come into his manhood today, didn't...

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softneasy2 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 6, 2011 at 10:45 PM via web

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In "A Raisin in the Sun," Mama says: "He finally come into his manhood today, didn't he?  Kind of like a rainbow after the rain."  What does she mean?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted July 7, 2011 at 1:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Walter had grown up in Mama's house with Mama making the decisions for the family. Walter has been a bitter black man, trying to make it in a white man's world. He feels that life has passed him by. He makes excuses for his bitterness, claiming that others have better advantages in life.

Walter drinks and practically gives away his father's insurance money. He then decides to give Mr. Lindner what he wants by selling out. He decides that the family will sell the house and not move into the new neighborhood.

When Mama asks Walter to explain to his son Travis why he is making such a decision to sell the family's new house, Walter thinks about his decison. When Mr. Lindner comes over, Walter has a change of heart. He explains to Mr. Lindner that the family will indeed move into the new house. That is when Mama exclaims that Walter has finally become a man. He finally makes the right decision for the family. Walter could not sell the house with Travis looking up to him. Walter comes into his manhood as he looks first at Travis and then Mr. Lindner. He makes the right decision based on what is best for the family. For once, he is thinking about others and not himself.

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