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A Raisin in the Sun

by Lorraine Hansberry
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In her play, A Raisin in the Sun, how does Lorraine Hansberry use Walter's dialogue to show the reader his internal (also known as man, or person, versus self) conflict?

Walter's dialogue reveals his internal conflict by giving the reader a vision of what Walter has to offer his family and then contrasting that with what he feels is rightfully theirs.

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In the second scene of the second act of this play, Walter is tucking his son into bed, and he speaks a sort of soliloquy that indicates the conflict he feels between what his life is and what he aspires it to be: 

You wouldn’t understand yet, son, but your...

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In the second scene of the second act of this play, Walter is tucking his son into bed, and he speaks a sort of soliloquy that indicates the conflict he feels between what his life is and what he aspires it to be: 

You wouldn’t understand yet, son, but your daddy’s gonna make a transaction . . . a business transaction that’s going to change our lives. . . .

Walter goes on to explain in great detail that one day after he is successful in his investment plans, he will come home in a beautiful black Chrysler car, greet his gardener, kiss his wife, and they will go upstairs to find out which of America's greatest schools Travis will have chosen for his higher education.  Travis will have the schools' catalogues spread out before him, and all he will have to do is "... name it son, and I'll hand you the world!"

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