In A Raisin in the Sun, the Youngers and Mr. Lindner have a conflict. What is the resolution?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The conflict that the Youngers have with Mr. Lindner is one in which he wants them to deny themselves something that they want.  Their denial is for him to be happy and secure.  The resolution to this conflict is complex as the conflict itself is a complex one.  At first, Walter accepts the money that Lindner gives him, reflecting his belief that the embedded barriers in society that prevent he and his family from being more and doing more are too strong to overcome.  Yet, in the play's resolution as well as the resolution to the conflict, Walter rejects Lindner's money and essentially tells him that his family will move into Clybourne Park.  This act of resistance reflects how the conflict is resolved in that the Youngers do not acquiesce or deny what they want because he wishes them to do so.  Rather, they recognize that what they want for the betterment of their families and their lives is too important to be denied by another person.  While there will be troubles and challenges, the Youngers decide that they will face them as a unit, as a collective entity.  In this, the resolution to the conflict is to reject what is being asked and represent a form of defiance and dissent in the hope of achieving a better life. Through such a resolution, a note of redemption in both the conflict and the drama is reached.


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