Lena Younger's American Dream

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Lena Younger, the head of the family, and the mother of both Walter Lee and Beneatha encounters many struggles while attempting to achieve her American Dream of living an improved lifestyle with her family. Lena wants to own a house with a garden. She says; “I always wanted me a garden like I used to see sometimes at the back of the houses down home.” (I.i.53) The Younger family lives in an apartment where Lena is unable to have a garden of her own since she does not have a front or back yard. The Younger family is in financial turmoil, and they cannot afford to invest in a house. While talking to Travis, Lena says; "you know that money we got in the mail this morning...Well—what you think your grandmamma gone and done with that money...she went out and …show more content…

Lindner says; “…it is a matter of the people of Clybourne Park believing, rightly or wrongly, as I say, that for the happiness of all concerned that our Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities…our association is prepared, through the collective effort of our people, to buy the house from you at a financial gain to your family.” (II.iii.118) Mr. Lindner told the family that the Clybourne Park Association gathered money to purchase the house Lena had bought, so the Youngers’, a black family, does not move into a white neighbourhood. Another difficulty Lena faces is a dysfunctional family as each one of the main characters fails to cooperate with each other. The lack of cooperation between Bennie and Walter Lee is evident when Ruth says; “don’t be so nasty, Bennie.” (I.i.36) Also, this is visible when Ruth says; “Walter Lee, why don’t you leave that girl alone and get out of here to work.” (I.i.36) The relationship between Walter and Bennie is feeble. The lack of cooperation between Walter Lee and Lena is apparent when the insurance cheque is delivered to the family. Walter Lee wants money from his mother to invest in his business plan and the liquor store, but Lena refuses to help

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