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What do the Youngers decide to do at the end of A Raisin in the Sun and why?

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Posted May 10, 2011 at 7:53 AM via web

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What do the Youngers decide to do at the end of A Raisin in the Sun and why?

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

Posted May 10, 2011 at 7:42 PM (Answer #1)

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It is hard not to be moved by the ending of this superb play as Walter finally turns into the man that he has wanted the opportunity to be throughout the play and faces down Lindner and the group of residents that do not want them to move into their community because of the colour of their skin. Even though he has just lost so much money through his unwise investment and trusting somebody that turned out to be untrustworthy, Walter still finds it within himself to reject the offer that Lindner makes to persuade them to stay away from his neighbourhood, and is able to reject it in a way that bestows dignity and honour among himself. He talks about how Walter represents the sixth generation of Youngers in the United States and how his father had worked so hard before finally rejecting the offer:

And we have decided to move into our house because my father--my father--he earned it for us brick by brick. We don't want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no causes, and we will try to be good neighbours. And that's all we got to say about that. We don't want your money.

Thus at the end of the play the Younger family decide to move into the house that Mama bought with her husband's insurance payout and reject the offer from the community. They seem to have recognised a dignity and a pride within themselves that makes them realise they deserve the same opportunities as whites.

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