In A Raisin in the Sun, who in the play is a static or dynamic character and why?

In A Raisin in the Sun, Lena is a dynamic character. Lena’s actions constantly change and surprise the audience because she continues to reveal her strength and compassion. For example, Lena initially swears she won’t give Walter money for his store, but she eventually does upon seeing how much he wants a chance. She also is typically calm and patient but slaps Beneatha when Beneatha questions God. Ultimately Lena reveals many complex sides to her personality.

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There are many dynamic characters in A Raisin in the Sun, but one of the most notable is Lena Younger, the Younger family’s matriarch. Lena expresses care and compassion for all members of her family, yet all of her family members are radically different people. This means that Lena has a lot on her plate and is constantly doing different things for different people in her life. What makes Lena dynamic is unique because while the audience sees her behavior change, it is suggested that she is instead gradually revealing traits she’s always possessed rather than developing new traits.

One of Lena’s most initially surprising actions is when she gives her son Walter Lee money to invest in his dream of a liquor store. This is a surprising action at first because Lena states early on that she will not be investing in the liquor store, a belief reinforced by other characters like Beneatha . Yet eventually Lena sees her son struggling with drinking and depression because of how badly he wants his...

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