In Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, men are seen as the head of the family, leaders that should uphold moral standards as well as provide for the family.
At one point in the play, Walter’s wife, Ruth, is apparently considering an abortion because of the family’s difficult financial situation. When Walter’s mother Lena learns of this, she voices her expectations to Walter, telling him that she is waiting for him to be a man and tell her not to do it.
Walter’s wife is a bit less supportive of his role at times. Early in the play, when Walter is trying to tell her what he wants to do with his life, her response is a simple, dismissive, “eat your eggs.” She fails to understand, throughout the play, that Walter wants more out of life than his unsatisfying job as a chauffeur.