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In A Raisin in the Sun, what is Mama's dream?

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Lena Younger, the matriarch of the Younger family, dreams of raising her family away from the dangerous south side of Chicago and in a safer place with more opportunities, like Clybourne Park. She also dreams of having a small garden.

Lena Younger—"Mama" to Beneatha and Walter Jr—knows that the place where her family lives isn't good for them. There is little opportunity to help them find upward mobility. There isn't enough space for everyone; Beneatha sleeps with her mother, Walter sleeps with Ruth, and Travis, their son, sleeps on a makeshift bed in the living room. Their home is rental that's run down with barely any natural light. Everything is faded and shabby even though it's clear that Lena chose each item and placed it with care long ago.

The money from Lena's husband's life insurance is enough to make a down payment on a two-story home. Lena believes that if everyone pitches in, they'll be able to pay their mortgage and afford it. She tells Ruth that it would be nice to have a yard...

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