In A Raisin in the Sun, certain characters change and grow as a result of their experiences. Explain which character changes the most. Your answer needs to be supported.
Ruth changes the most throughout the course of the play. At the beginning, she is worn out and without hope. She is described as "a pretty girl...but now it is apparent that life has been little that she expected." She seems like she is on the verge of becoming old at age 30, and she and Walter, her husband, are fighting so much that she is thinking about aborting her baby. She tells Walter, "I'm sorry about this new baby, Walter." Ruth is physically and emotionally drained from working hard as a domestic and fighting with her husband.
However, when Ruth hears that Mama has bought a house in Clybourne Park, Ruth is ecstatic about the prospect of moving from their cramped, dingy apartment. She says, "I say it loud and good...HALLELUJAH! AND GOODBYE MISERY!...I DON'T EVER WANT TO SEE YOUR UGLY FACE AGAIN." Ruth senses that better days are coming for the family, and she is able to be hopeful again. She and Walter even rekindle the affection between them, and when Walter turns down the offer from white homeowners in their new neighborhood to buy the Youngers out to prevent an African American family from moving in, Ruth is proud of Walter. She says to Mama about Walter and Beneatha, "Yeah—they're something." Ruth heads to her new house with an invigorated sense of promise and hope.
The greatest amount of change is in Walter. Walter Younger is a dreamer and is very immature at the beginning of the play. Walter complains and alienates his family by his constant talk of money. He wants his mother to give him the insurance money and when he doesn't get his way he runs out and drinks and pouts. When his mother does trust him with a portion of the money, which he is supposed to deposit half of in savings, he gives it all to a friend of his to open a liquor store. His friend runs off with the money and Walter can't believe that this is happening to him. This again demonstrates his immaturity. Still his growth by the end of the novel is very evident. "By standing up to Karl Lindner when it would have been easier to accept Lindner's financial offer, Walter asserts himself forcefully into his culture—and although his choices may make his life difficult in some ways, he will not be spiritually defeated." Even his mother recognizes this growth and says to Ruth at the end of the play that "he has come into his manhood."