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In A Raisin in the Sun, what conflicts are resolved and which remain open?

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mbitang2000 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted December 12, 2011 at 1:09 AM via web

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In A Raisin in the Sun, what conflicts are resolved and which remain open?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 12, 2011 at 4:27 AM (Answer #1)

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This is a fascinating question to consider, and you would benefit from analysing the number of conflicts the play presents us with and considering to what extent (if at all) those conflicts are resolved by the end of the play. One conflict that certainly does reach a resolution is the conflict between Mama and Walter. Consider what Walter says to his mother after she buys the house:

What you need me to say you done right for? You the head of this family. You run our lives like you want to. It was your money and you did what you wanted with it. So what you need for me to say it was all right for?

It was this challenge that made Mama relinquish her authority as head of the household and give it to Walter, giving him the rest of the money to do with as he saw fit. This also, in spite of how Walter loses the money, inspires him to follow in his father's footsteps and become a man in his rejection of Mr. Lindner's offer.

However, one conflict that is definitely not ended is the biggest conflict of all in the play: the animosity between whites and blacks. Although the Younger family are going to move into their house in a white neighbourhood, this is by no means the end of the play, and the rejection of Mr. Lindner's offer will be something that will antagonise their white neighbours and will clearly lead to an intensification of this central conflict in the future of the Younger family. This conflict is deliberately left open, establishing the way in which the Younger's decision to move was actually an act of bravery.

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