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Compare and contrast Walter and Beneatha from A Raisin in the Sun.

Siblings Walter and Beneatha Younger are similar in that they are both African American, are both living with their mother, and show ambition and concern for others. They differ in terms of their age, gender, and marital status, as well as employment and education. Another important contrast is their attitude toward their mother’s use of her late husband’s insurance money.

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The primary similarities between Walter Younger and Beneatha Younger are that these African Americans are siblings who live with their widowed mother in a small apartment in Chicago. Both are ambitious and hardworking and plan to pursue their goals, but both also want to help others.

Among the significant differences are age, gender, marital status, employment status, and education. Walter, who is in his thirties and male, is married and has a ten-year-old son, Travis. He also learns during the course of the play that Ruth, his wife, is pregnant. Walter works full time as a chauffeur. The extent of Walter’s formal education is not stated, but he probably completed high school.

Beneatha, the younger sister, is a twenty-year-old unmarried female. She has been dating an African American man, George. During the course of the play, however, she shows dissatisfaction towards him and is disillusioned with him and her friendship with a Nigerian man, Joseph, is moving toward romantic involvement. She...

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