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Walter Lee Younger: Every Black Man

Lorraine Hansberry’s play Raisin in the Sun is a modern day parable of the “Every Black Man” of the 20th century who has been made to be his own worst enemy; his own antagonist of sorts. Like the tragic hero in Everyman the notorious medieval play, Walter Lee Younger gets in the way of his own goals. It isn’t his entire fault, though, as society and Mama control what he can and cannot do. It isn’t until Walter himself behaves unselfishly that Mama steps out of the way and allows Walter to take the place as patriarch. The exposition in the initial stage direction sets up the tone and mood that society has put upon this family. We are told…