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How does Mrs. Johnson affect Mama in A Raisin in the Sun? A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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In A Raisin in the Sun, Mrs. Johnson serves as a foil character for Mama.  The reader learns that Mama respects the dreams of her late husband; and as a result, she tries to live through his memory by ensuring that her children are able to follow their dreams.  She is supportive of Beneatha's education because she believes that education is a way to help Beneatha get out of the rut of servitude in which she, Walter, and Ruth are currently stuck.  Mrs. Johnson, however, believes that education is useless, and she quotes a statement by Booker T. Washington in which he suggests that education ruined good plow hands.  Mrs. Johnson believes that education gives people lofty, unrealistic ideas and that it makes people believe that they are worth more than the common person.  Mrs. Johnson's views disgust Mama, and Mama believes that Mrs. Johnson is a foolish person.  However, people like Mrs. Johnson encourage Mama to continue fighting for the dreams of her family.

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