A Raisin in the Sun

What does the word hysterical mean at the end of the play?


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The word "hysterical" is only used once in the play and appears at the end of Act II, Scene II. The text reads as follows;

WALTER'S voice has risen in pitch and hysterical promise and on the last line he life Travis high.

In this context, hysterical would be defined as overemotional or out of control.


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