Study Guide

A Raisin in the Sun Characters

By Lorraine Hansberry

Walter Younger

Walter Younger can be really hard to get along with. For most of the first act, he's nasty to...

Lena Younger (Mama)

Lena Younger, a.k.a. Mama, totally rocks our world. She's a down-to-earth, hard-working black...

Beneatha Younger

Joseph Asagai, Beneatha's Nigerian boyfriend, calls her "Alaiyo," which means something like "One...

Ruth Younger

Ruth is in some ways like a typical housewife of the 1950s. She makes breakfast, cleans the...

Travis Younger

By far the youngest member of his family (stage directions describe him as ten or eleven years...

Joseph Asagai

Asagai really works the Nigerian thing to get ahead with Beneatha. Knowing that Beneatha has a...

George Murchison

George is Asagi's competition for the affections of the lovely Beneatha. He's really good...

Karl Lindner

Mr. Lindner seems like a nice enough dude at first. He says he represents a kind of "welcoming...

Mrs. Johnson

We think Mrs. Johnson is totally hilarious. She's like the nosey neighbor in almost every sitcom...

Bobo

Bobo is Walter's buddy. Just like Walter, he gets ripped off by Willy Harris in the great liquor...

Willy Harris

Willy never shows up onstage, but he plays a significant role in the Youngers' story. And by...