A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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

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Walter and Beneatha both want so much more out of life than they're currently getting. But they choose to remedy that situation by radically different means. Walter is a good deal more impatient than Beneatha; he's always looking for the opportunity to make a fast buck. He sees this as a way—the only way—to transform his family's fortunes. Walter's drinking can also be seen as a method of escape from a world which doesn't give him what he wants.

Beneatha, on the other hand, is much more sensible and level-headed. She initially sees education as a way out of her current predicament and to that end, is prepared to work hard and study over a considerable period of time. Unlike her improvident brother, her focus in life is very much on the long term, whether that means going to medical school or moving to Africa with Asagai.

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Walter and Beneatha Younger are both portrayed as relatively selfish, ambitious individuals, who dream about a better life and have different ideas about how to use the...

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