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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