Does A Raisin in the Sun end happily for the Younger family?

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jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In some ways, the play ends happily for the Younger family. Walter, who has considered accepting a bribe from a white homeowners' association in exchange for not moving to a new neighborhood, decides to forgo the payment. The family prepares to move to their new, white neighborhood. While they are not sure whether they will be accepted as African-Americans, they are excited to have a house with a yard and to exercise their right to live where they want. Mama's decision to bring her plant with her symbolizes the idea that she will put down roots in her new house, where there is enough room for her family to have a yard and a garden and where Travis can have room to play. In addition, Beneatha is thinking about going to Africa and studying medicine. Though it's not clear which choice she makes, it is clear that she is empowered to make choices that are right for her. The Younger family as a whole is more empowered at the end of the play, even though they might make choices that are in some ways difficult, such as moving to a white neighborhood where they might encounter prejudice. 

dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The ending is ambiguous at best.  On the positive side, the family has renewed their determination to pursue their dream and move to the house in Clybourne Park despite the obstacles which stand in their way.  On the negative side though, it is evident that their road ahead will not be easy.  Not only has Walter's friend and business partner disappeared with all their money, but it is clear that the family will face opposition and racism in their new place of residence, as foreshadowed by Mr. Lindner's offer to buy back their house in the name of the "New Neighbors Orientation Committee".

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