In A Raisin in the Sun, what are the greatest strains on Walter and Ruth's marriage?

The greatest strains on Walter and Ruth's marriage in A Raisin in the Sun include their financial difficulties and their worldviews. Walter and Ruth's poverty impacts their life decisions, such as whether or not Ruth should have an abortion. Their differing worldviews likewise cause tension, as Walter is a dreamer while Ruth is realistic. 

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In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter and Ruth Younger experience strains on their marriage because of their individual problems and family problems, but the greatest strain occurs because of the societal problems over which they have little control.

Although both of them are strongly committed to making a better life for their family, they have different ideas about how to accomplish their objectives. Ruth is torn between expanding their family with another child and focusing on their only child, Travis. Walter's domineering personality within the home also creates a strain. His tendency to privilege his decisions on the basis of being a man is also connected to his lack of empowerment in the world outside the apartment, where his chauffeur job requires politeness and deference.

The couple has difficulty communicating. Each tends to make his or her decisions separately rather than talk things through together. This habit generates resentment.

The fact that they must share the apartment with his mother...

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