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In A Raisin in the Sun, why does George say "Good night Prometheus?"

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xbellalyssx18 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2009 at 12:22 PM via web

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In A Raisin in the Sun, why does George say "Good night Prometheus?"

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 28, 2010 at 7:52 PM (Answer #1)

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In addition to that stated above, George is criticizing Walter for always thinking that he has the best plan of action.  Walter wants to talk business with George; however, Walter really has no idea what a "business talk" would entail.  Similarly, Prometheus believes that he is clever and that he can trick the gods.  For a while he gets away with his theft, but eventually he is caught and punished.  Walter is also punished for trying to be "clever" and disobey all the good sense that is around him.  Mama opposes the liquor store, but Walter believes that his dream and plans are more important than Mama's reservations about this deal.  So in the end, Walter suffers.

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