By the end of the play, each main character has lost something but has gained in other ways. What are the losses and gains for each character?After Walter rejected Lindner's offer

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

By the end of the play, Walter Jr. has lost his opportunity to enter the liquor business, as well as the chance to get back the money he lost by refusing to sell Lena's home to Mr. Lindner. However, Walter has redeemed himself and gained integrity and honor by refusing to sell the home. He also has gained his mother's approval and earned respect from his family.

Lena has lost the majority of her money after Walter is cheated by his business partner and almost loses the home she recently purchased. However, Walter ends up refusing to sell the home and she gains a permanent, comfortable house in a white neighborhood. She also gains a loving, content family, who have hope for a better future.

Beneatha ends up losing the money to pay for her college education but gains respect for her brother and an opportunity to move out of Chicago's South Side.

Ruth also ends up gaining a spacious, comfortable home in a white neighborhood and a husband, who has a new, positive outlook on life.

ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Walter has lost the dream of the liquor store, but in the process he has grown up and gained his "manhood". Mama has lost her place as head of the family but has seen her son grow up. Beneatha has lost the money for her college education but gained a new love, and perhaps a new goal, in the person of Asagai. Ruth, who felt like she was losing her family at the beginning of the play, seems to have discovered it again and is able to keep the baby she is carrying. Travis has lost the only home he has ever known but gained a new one, not to mention a bedroom of his own, and a more mature father.

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