A Raisin in the Sun Questions and Answers
by Lorraine Hansberry

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Does the play A Raisin in the Sun have a "happy ending"? Why or why not? What do the Youngers have in store for them once they move?

Ultimately, it is uncertain whether the play A Raisin in the Sun has a "happy ending," as the Younger family’s fate is uncertain. They will likely face discrimination and hardship in Clybourne Park, but they are also closer to achieving their dreams by moving. The very last scene underlines the importance of not giving up in the face of uncertainty. Although debatable, this glimmer of hope at the end can be interpreted as a happy ending.

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Since A Raisin in the Sun ends without showing the audience the results of the Younger family’s move, it is difficult to say whether it is a happy ending or not. However, the ending underscores the family’s determination, and thus, it sends a message about the importance of perseverance.

The Younger family knows that they will face discrimination from their neighbors in Clybourne Park. They know this because Karl Lindner came and told the family that the community of White residents do not want them to move in. However, the family decides to go anyway, as moving into this house is an important step forward for them.

While they will likely face discrimination in their new community, it is unclear what else the family has in store for them. For example, whether or not Beneatha will ever be able to study medicine is not clear. Yet the last moment of the play sends an important message about perseverance and creates a glimmer of hope. Consider how Mama “comes back in, grabs her plant, and...

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