Analysis of the Main Characters

Most of the characters in this play are trivial, but there are a few that accelerate the plot. The characters whom I think are the main characters are Walter, Mamma, and Mr. Linder. These three characters affect each other, and progress the plot.

Mr. Linder creates a conflict within the family, and he causes much distress. He forces the family to reconsider their choices, and represents the temptation of money against dreams.

Walter is the main character in the play, and although not being a perfect character, he is my favorite. He grows the most throughout the play, and makes many choices in order to obtain a better future. He first makes terrible choices that put the family in jeopardy. After being given $3,500 to invest in Beneatha’s education and $3,000 to keep, he instead uses to money to invest in a liquor store with Willy Harris. Willy Harris ends up running off with the money, leaving Walter to play the part of the fool. He then makes the right choice at the end of the play by deciding against Mr. Linder’s bribe and buying the house in Clybourne Park. He also gives a brilliant and tenacious speech about how his family is proud to be black, and that they will move into this new neighborhood no matter what.

Mama, our final character, is a very caring and down to earth person. seems to always care and provide for other people, putting her own needs last. She believes that dreams are more important than money, and that money is just a

means to an end. For her, purchasing the house in Clybourne Park is the number one priority. She believes that doing so will spark the family’s motivation. She also loves and cares deeply about Travis, and she wants a big yard for him to play in. Mama is a very straight forward  character, and her wants and needs do not change very much throughout the play.


2 thoughts on “Analysis of the Main Characters

  1. I’m not certain who wrote this because the titles on Moodle changed, but whoever you are I think you did a very good job overall on this blog post. I also read A Raisin in the Sun and enjoyed it very much. I would love to hear your overall opinion of the novel. Did you think it was well-written? Exciting? Boring? I think your opinion of the play would help you to connect to your bloggers more. I also liked how you gave a thorough analysis of the main characters. I found it interesting that you considered Mr. Linder as a main character because he was only in the play for such a short time. I do, however, agree with you that he has a very important part to play. He forces Walter to make an important choice that will define his character. Overall, I think your post was thorough and well done, so good job! I am excited to read your following posts!

  2. carlyphilbin says:

    First of all, your blog title is genius. Personally, when I think of this novel’s main characters, I think of Ruth before Mr. LInder. I thought your connection to a main character was refreshing though because I hadn’t considered that. I agree completely with your analysis of Mama and Walter. Lastly, the link you added to the Clybourne Park was really interesting!

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