A Family Affair

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A Family Affair
        In "A Raisin in the Sun", Mother tries to keep control over her family because she believes in their dreams and in their future. However, she insists that they still must learn for themselves. Throughout the entire story, Mother's main attention is focused on bringing the family closer and keeping each other in mind before making decisions. She is the boss of the family and everything revolves around her. At one point Mother says to Walter, "What you ain't never understood is that I ain't got nothing, don't own nothing, ain't never really wanted nothing that wasn't for you. There ain't nothing as precious to me [...] There ain't nothing worth holding on to, money, dreams, nothing else--if it means--if it means it's going to destroy my boy."
        Because of Mother's concern for her family and future well-being, she buys a house and puts in in the name of Walter's son, Travis. With the leftover money, she hands it to Walter and says to keep his share and the rest is for his sister's education. However, Walter uses all the money to give to a friend to start a liquor store. However, Walter's friend runs off with the money. After this, Walter believes that he can sell the new house for more than they bought it for and therefore pay Mother back.
        As we can see Walter never seems to realize what Mother is trying to do for the family. Walter sees everything as a quick fix. He wants what he wants and fails to see that Mother has given everything she had to give her family what they needed and to bring them closer together.
        Two other conflicts arise at this point which makes Mother feel like she has done a poor job in raising her family. One is the fact the Walter's wife is expecting a baby, but she is considering an abortion as to avoid anymore conflict between her and her husband. When Mother tries to talk to Walter about this, but he seems to not care at all.
        The other conflict which arises in her daughter Beneatha. Beneatha talks about how she doesn't believe in God and doesn't believe that he deserves credit for anything. Mother slaps Beneatha and makes her repeat, "In my mother's house there is still God." This angers Beneatha and she feels like no one listens to her and that she can not say what she wants to say.
        Despite these two conflicts, Mother's faith in her children is renewed. Beneatha realizes that what she earns is hers. Although Walter lost the money for her education, she realizes that she wants to become a doctor badly enough that she will have to work hard to earn an education.
        Walter begins to realize what his Mother has been saying all along at his point. Mother tells Walter to explain to Travis what is really happening. But when Walter must look Travis in the eye, he is unable to go through with it. He sees what Mother was saying about bringing the family together.
        The article here shows a mother's love. It shows how, in this story Mother, but how all mothers go to great lengths for their children. They would give all they had to bring their family together and to keep them happy. And when the family begins to pull apart, you can see how it their heart. Along with this, you begin to understand a mother's forgiveness. Just as Mother forgave Walter. She said, "I ain't never stopped trusting you. Like I ain't never stopped loving you." Here you can see, through all the screw-ups and messes, she still forgives, still trusts, and still loves. This is true for most every mother.
        Another point from this article points out the family values of African-American families. Throughout history we have seen the bonding of these families. One household was not for just dad, mom, and kids. It was for the entire family including grandparents and any others. All families want to stay close, but through African-American families, like the one in the story, you can see a sort of uniqueness. They didn't come from much, they didn't have much, but they gave all that they could.
        When A Raisin in the Sun" was written, families were a little closer than they are now. Families used to all sit down at the table at night for dinner. They all got up to go to church on Sundays. Now it seems with all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, that we have gone away from this. Families don't all sit down for dinner because there is something going on. We don't go to church like we used to. This story should help readers to realize how important families. They will always be there to lend a helping hand and they are your greatest protectors and your greatest fighters. They will protect you from any harm and they would fight in any battle on your behalf.
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