The first act of A Raisin In The Sun starts with Younger household۔ The household consist of a two-bedroom apartment on Chicago’s south side. This shows that the Youngers family living hand to mouth in the scenario. They don’t have a lot of money for lavish living.
A Raisin In The Sun act 1 begins with a tired Ruth who tries to wake her son and husband. Ruth’s husband Walter is a chauffeur for a white man. It is clear that they struggle for money when Act 1 shows Travis getting ready for school where he tries to ask for fifty cents for school, and Ruth refuses to give it to him.
Meanwhile, Walter talks to his wife about a business proposition that he wants to start with insurance money. Ruth doesn’t like the idea because she doesn’t trust Willy. Walter wants Ruth to talk to his mother about the deal because he would need money from his mother to invest in the business.
Ruth tells Walter that it’s his mama’s money, not theirs. Walter tells his wife that he feels like he is suffocating in his current job and his current home. He needs to make a change.
Middle in the conversation Walter’s sister Beneatha, who is about twenty years old, enters the conversation. Beneatha reminds her brother as well that the check belongs to her mother and she can decide what she wants to.do.with the money.
Hearing all. the noise Mama enters to. inspect about the hype. Ruth then reveals walters idea to Mama about the liquor store that she doesn’t like that much. Ruth also tries to. ask about Mama’s plan for the money and suggest she vacationing as well.
But Mama snub her and said she is planning to dave some money for Beneatha’s schooling and also aiming to buy a house with insurance money as it was her husband’s last wish to buy a house for his children.
Bennie returns from dressing in the bathroom and comments on the woman upstairs vacuuming again by saying, “Oh, God.” Her mother chastises her for using the Lord’s name in vain.
She also comes to go the point where she tells her mother that she wants to learn guitar, points out that she tends to flit from one thing to the next, which leads to a conversation about dating.
Beneatha wants to focus on being a doctor. She has the kind of personality where she thinks she can accomplish herself without any God’s hand. On this Mama once again becomes angered with her blasphemy, and she slaps Beneatha. She makes Beneatha repeat, “In my mother’s house there is still God.” She points out that although Bennie thinks she’s a woman, her mom knows she’s still a little girl.
Bennie leaves, and Mama expresses her concern about her children to Ruth just before Ruth passes out.
That’s how the first act of A Raisin in the sun ends. The first act of A Raisin in the sun introduces every character so significantly. The scenes and characters ate portray so prominently in act 1 that one can easily get familiar with all the characters of A Raisin in the sun play. From setup to all the money situation everything was connecting with an audience that one can easily get indulge with the play
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