In A Raisin In The Sun, how does Walter's and Ruth's relationship transform?

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In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter and Ruth are initially quite distant from each other. At the beginning of the play, Ruth asks Walter how he wants his eggs cooked. He replies that he'd like anything except scrambled, but Ruth goes on to scramble the eggs. This is a subtle hint at the nature of their relationship. Ruth knows that Walter is missing something in his life and that it is something that she cannot give him. Walter feels that Ruth is not supportive of his dreams. This drives a wedge between the two. When Ruth tells Walter that she is pregnant and planning to abort, he cannot deal with the situation and goes out to drink. The lack of support in their marriage is only amended near the end of the play when Walter tells Mr. Linder that his family is proud. The reader assumes that Walter has decided that his family comes first and that he will seek to have a better relationship with Ruth.


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