Identify words or lines that contain irony in Act III of A Raisin in the Sun and discuss them.
This pertains to the scene where Walter tries to convince his mom to take money to keep them from moving in the all white neighborhood.
In the scene during which Walter tries to convince Mama to accept Mr. Linder's proposal, many of Walter's statements contain an element of irony. For example, near the beginning of Walter's plea, he tells Mama that in life, there are the takers and the "tooken." He claims that the "tooken" are always being taken advantage of because they are "all mixed up. . .[m]ixed up bad." The irony of this statement is that at the moment, Walter is the one who is mixed up because he is putting aside his pride and integrity to accept the money from Mr. Linder. Rather than recognizing that he and his family have the right to live wherever they want, Walter is blinded by the money that Mr. Linder has offered. In addition, Mr. Linder's proposal is a "quick-fix" to Walter's grand mistake of having lost the remainder of the insurance money. So, in this moment, Walter is really the one who is "mixed up bad."