A 35-year-old chauffeur who has a young son, Travis, with his wife, Ruth. The family lives in small apartment with Walter's mother and sister in the South Side of Chicago. Hansberry describes Walter as a lean, intense man with nervous movements and erratic speaking patterns. Played by Sidney Poitier in the original Broadway production.
Lena Younger (Mama)
The 60-something matriarch of the family. She has recently lost her husband Walter Sr., and will be the recipient of a $10,000 life insurance check. Played by Claudia McNeil in the original Broadway production.
Walter's 20-year-old sister, a college student who invades the Younger household with her modern ideas and philosophies on race, class, and religion. She is a handsome intellectual who has worked hard to refine her speech. Played by Diana Sands in the original Broadway production.
Walter's wife and Travis' mother. In her early thirties, Ruth is exceptionally pretty, but is aging before her time because of her impoverished surroundings. During her 11 years of marriage, she often bore the responsibility of keeping the household running, in addition to working as a domestic servant. Played by Ruby Dee in the original Broadway production.
Walter and Ruth's 10-year-old son.
A Nigerian college student pursuing Beneatha.
Beneatha's boyfriend and fellow classmate, who hails from a wealthy black family.
The Youngers' nosy neighbor, who points out the dangers of moving into Clybourne Park
A white, middle-aged representative from the Clybourne Park Improvement Society.
A fellow investor in the liquor business, along with Willy and Walter.
A partner in the liquor business scheme who eventually runs off with Walter and Bob's investment money.
A Raisin in the Sun Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for A Raisin in the Sun is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Of the three women, it is my opinion that Ruth is the strongest in Act III. Mama is strong.... there is no doubt about that, but her children and circumstances are wearing her down. Beneatha is educated but seems unwilling to fight for the family,...
In Act III, we learn that Beneatha decided to become a doctor when a little boy named Rufus fell off his sled and was severely injured while they were sledding. When Rufus was put into the ambulance, Beneatha thought his condition was beyond hope....