A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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Can someone explain the differences and similarities between Walter and Beneatha from A Raisin in the Sun?

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Both Walter and Beneatha have large personalities and are big dreamers. Walter is depicted as a passionate man who dreams of one day establishing a liquor business that will make him wealthy. Similarly, Beneatha has dreams of one day becoming a doctor. Despite the negative reactions to their dreams by Lena and other members of their community, both Walter and Beneatha are determined to attain their goals. Walter and his sister are also relatively selfish individuals who are more concerned about their personal dreams than the well-being of their family members. Both siblings are also moody and capricious throughout the play. Walter experiences extreme highs and lows in the play, while Beneatha's numerous hobbies and interests are a topic of conversation.

Despite their many similarities, Walter and Beneatha have different personality traits and talents. Walter is depicted as a rather ignorant man, while Beneatha is portrayed as an intelligent, educated woman. Walter also values western ideas of...

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