A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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Describe the relationship between Mama and Walter in the play "A Raisin in the Sun"?

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Lena Younger and her son, Walter Jr., have a unique, complex relationship throughout the play. Initially, Lena dismisses Walter Jr.'s wish to use the insurance money to invest in a liquor business. Lena's initial decision to not support Walter Jr.'s dream creates conflict in their relationship, and Walter feels that his mother is overlooking him like the rest of society. Walter becomes deeply depressed, refuses to go to work, and drinks all day long. After Lena witnesses her son's reaction to her spending most of the insurance money to buy a home in Clybourne Park, she sympathizes with her son and decides to give him the remainder of the money to invest in his liquor business and pay for Beneatha's education. Mama displays her affection for her son by telling Walter Jr.,

Listen to me, now. I say I been wrong, son. That I been doing to you what the rest of the world been doing to you.

Walter Jr.'s attitude instantly improves after receiving the insurance money, and the audience gets a glimpse...

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