A Rasin in the Sun Essay

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The book A Raisin in the Sun is written by Lorraine Hansberry is a play that tells the story of a black family who is struggling to gain middle-class acceptance. The play opens with Mama, the sixty-year-old mother of the family who is waiting for an insurance check from the death of her husband, and the play mainly focuses on how the money should be spent. The son, Walter Lee Younger, is so anxious to be a better provider for his growing family that he wants to invest the entire sum in a liquor store with two of his friends. His mother objects mainly for moral reasons. She strongly opposed to the idea of him selling liquor and so minor conflicts erupt over their disagreements. Mama decides to use part of the money as a down payment on a house in a white neighborhood, her conflict with Walter escalates and causes her deep pain. In an attempt to make things right between herself and Walter, Mama gave Walter Lee a portion of the money. He immediately invests it secretly in his liquor store scheme, believing that he will perhaps expand his initial investment. One of Walter Lee's prospective business partners, however, runs off with the money, a loss which tests the spiritual and emotional courage of each family member. After much wavering and hesitant, the Youngers decide to continue with their plans to move in spite of their financial setbacks and in spite of their having been warned by a weak representative of the white neighborhood that blacks are not

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