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A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun


by Lorraine Hansberry

Ruth Younger Timeline and Summary

  • Ruth wakes up and feeds Travis and Walter
  • She refuses to give Travis fifty cents for school.
  • She teases and kisses Travis when he is upset.
  • When Walter gives Travis a dollar, it’s Ruth’s turn to get upset.
  • We learn that Ruth is pregnant and planning to abort the child.
  • She discourages Walter’s liquor store idea, but supports Walter’s position when later talking to Mama.
  • Ruth begins singing with joy when she learns that Lena has bought a house.
  • Ruth is crushed when she learns that Walter has gambled away the money, but is once again uplifted when the family moves to their new house.