In order for women to be the matriarchs of their homes, they need to assert themselves with their children. In A Raisin in the Sun, Mama and Walter often quarrel over whose home they are actually living in. Walter constantly feels that his manhood is in question. Mama, in her domineering way, asserts her power and tells him that Ruth is expecting a child and considering an abortion. At that moment in the play, Walter could be the hero; he could comfort his wife, he could tell her that everything will be alright, and he could tell her that they will unite because they are husband and wife.

However, Hansberry does not write that kind of family.

—Jaymi Thomas, From “Family Baggage in African-American Theater”

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