This play, from the arguing to the family bonding and compromising, was very small but held a lot of good and bad things. Many of the characters felt real to me, no one was perfect, and everybody wanted to gain something out of their situation. Mamma wanted the new house, Beneatha wanted the college education, Walter wanted the liquor store, Ruth wanted to rekindle her relationship with her husband, and Mr. Johnson wanted the family to stay out of his neighborhood. I really liked how there were no real completely angelic characters, because in many stories, the main characters is the best character, and the perfect role model. This style of one perfect character is kind of boring and uninteresting. It doesn’t really make you think about any part of the story and it makes the plot very dull
and linear. Another thing I loved about this play is how well the author portrayed real life situations and fighting. She immersed me into an argument, and did not let go until the scene was finished. One thing I did not like about the play was there was no clear aftermath of the plot. I was left wondering how the family ended up, if Beneatha stayed or left with Asagai, and how the neighbors treated them. I feel as though the author left the plot hanging off an edge, and if she just could have given me some closure, I would’ve been happier about the ending. This play has a lot of good features, but has some bad ones
too, and I just feel as though it could have been better. I would give this play an eight out of 10 because even though the character development and imperfection were great, the ending did not give me any closure to finish on. Overall, it was a good play to read, but I would not read it twice.
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. She 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.