Mama's Dream in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is about a family living in the slums of Chicago who are financially struggling to get out. The Youngers appear to value money and education more than family, except for Mama who has unwavering resolve throughout the story and puts family first. The Youngers depend on the financial assistance from the check. Mama has the most logical dream of buying a house for the family because the family would have better living conditions, the house could be passed down to further generations, and Ruth could keep the baby she has chosen to abort. Admittedly, one might contend here that Beneatha’s dream of becoming a doctor and Walter’s dream of owning a liquor store is more beneficial because they will eventually earn the money to buy a house for the family. However, neither Beneatha’s nor Walter’s dream will match the immediacy of Mama’s. Her dream of owning a house will transpire, in a shorter amount of time, after she receives the insurance money. The Youngers will not have to demur buying a house to fulfill Beneatha’s and Walter’s dream. First, the Younger’s will have better living conditions and fewer repairs. Lifestyle changes are one of the key reasons people choose to move (“Our Town America” n.p.). When the Youngers receive the insurance money, the condition of the house is starting to dilapidate and become a health hazard. The Younger household is now a home to indestructible contradictions that were once full of love and care
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