What is the significance of A Raisin in the Sun's ending?

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The significance of the play's ending reveals the Younger family's motivation to overcome obstacles and strive to attain their dreams, despite experiencing the racial prejudice that has hampered so many African Americans. For the majority of the play, Walter Jr. is depicted as a selfish, materialistic man who is primarily concerned with attaining his dream and neglects to show his wife sympathy and love. After Lena breaks down and gives her son the majority of the insurance money, Walter's shady business partner runs away with it, leaving the Younger family financially devastated. All that remains is the house in the white neighborhood of Clybourne Park that Lena made a payment on.

When Karl Lindner visits the Younger family's apartment at the end of the play, Lena makes Travis witness his father sign their home away. Mr. Lindner's character represents the prejudiced obstacles many African Americans face on an everyday basis and Walter Jr. entertains the idea of making a deal with him. However,...

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