Is the first act believable in A Raisin in the Sun?action believable

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that more detail is needed.  Exactly which parts might be suspect under the "believable" test.  It seems to me that much of what is presented throughout the play passes such an assessment.  The reality, now more than ever in our modern history, is that families feel besieged with social and economic problems.  How to "make ends meet" and be happy are vitally challenging elements in any family's sense of consciousness.  Being able to balance the different demands in such an equation also is a part of this calculus.  These are present in the opening act and throughout the play, adding a strong credence and believability to the drama.  The fact that everyone in the home is wondering about this "check" and its importance looming large in all of the family's member lives is quite a believable reality, something that speaks to modern audiences with recent economic challenges.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first Act is believable in exposing the family's financial situation illustrated in the 2 bedroom apartment shared by  Mama, Ruth, Beneatha, Little Travis, and Walter. The family's conversation about "the check" that they are all waiting desperately for also documents the many unfinished business each of the adults in the story have. Another thing that makes it believable is Walter's lack of manliness as he is unable to provide for the family, and has to even ask his wife for money prior to going to work. It is Walter's constant wailing and complaining what makes the play realistic in sensing how Walter added unnecessary weight to the family, and how Mama served as its anchor, Travis and Ruth were their future, and Ruth was very much their stagnant, and hopeless present.

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