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A Raisin in the Sun

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Malcom X once said, "There is nothing better than adversity: every defeat, every heart break, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time." In other words, this means that everything that goes wrong in one's life is to teach a valuable lesson. This quote is agreeable. In A Raisin in the Sun, a play by Lorraine Hansberry and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, an autobiography by Maya Angelou, characterization and conflict can be used to prove the quote to be true.

In A Raisin in the Sun, a play by Lorraine Hansberry characterization and conflict are used to prove this quote said by Malcom X to be true. In this story, Walter Lee, the protagonist is a dynamic character. In the beginning of the play, his main concern is money and how he can get more of it. He is unkind to his wife Ruth and picks fights with his sister Beneatha. He behaves this way because he is unsatisfied with his life, especially his financial income. He seems to only show emotion of happiness when his deceased father's $10,000 life insurance check is mentioned. Walter then decides to invest in the liquor store and give all of the money he has to Willy Harris instead of putting some of the money in a bank account so that his sister, Beneatha can go to medical school. Although Walter makes the worst mistakes out of any other character in the play, he also undergoes the greatest transformation in a positive way and found self-respect in himself.



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