Now that you have chosen quotes that support your thesis statement you need to analyze these quotes. (Analyze – to consider in detail in order to discover essential features or meaning.) I recommend typing your answers so you can easily cut and past them into your essay as needed. 1. Set up the quote by naming the character speaking. 2. Also, explain the context of the quote. (The situation happening that prompts the character to say the quote.) 3. Ask yourself what does this quote mean? What does it suggest? 4. Why is it important? Example: 1/2. After learning his investment in the liquor store has been stolen, Walter confronts Mr. Lindner about his offer. Mr. Lindner is a white man from “the welcoming committee” in the in white neighborhood where the Youngers have bought a house. Mr. Lindner has offered Walter and his family money in hopes to convince them not to desegregate the white Chicago neighborhood where they hope to move. With passion and pride Walter declines Mr. Lindner’s offers and says, “We have decided to move into our house because my father—my father—he earned it for us brick by brick. We don't want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no causes, and we will try to be good neighbors. And that's all we got to say about that. We don't want your money” (Hansberry 121). 3/4. Walter shows pride in himself and his family. He suggests that his family has a right to live in the neighborhood because his father worked equally as hard as anyone else to provide the Youngers with this opportunity. He insinuates that there is no reason for the Youngers not to move into the neighborhood. Walter claims the Youngers are no different from the others and there is no reason to believe they will cause trouble. By refusing Mr. Linder’s offer, Walter takes a stance against racism and oppression opposed on the African American community by society. Ultimately, Walter shows how taking pride in one’s self helps fight against discrimination. Note: You may answer the questions separately, or you may combine them into one paragraph.
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