Explain the fundamental conflict between The Youngers and Lindner.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In its most basic form, Lindner and the Youngers represent the collision between resistance and change.  Lindner enters the drama as the force from the neighborhood of Clybourne Park, the area where the Youngers wish to move.  Essentially, he, and apparently others like him from the neighborhood, are against a family of color from entering their neighborhood.  His purpose is to provide another level of resistance or a barrier that the Younger family is to face. Hansberry includes him in the drama to highlight how difficult it is for anyone to fight through change.  The idea of simply "bettering oneself" is not an easy thing to do.  Lindner's presence reflects the conflict between wanting change and having to fight through the barriers that prevent it.  In this, Lindner's presence is one to show the difficulty and pitfalls that present themselves to anyone who wants change.  The Youngers wish for change in the desire to move into Clybourne Park, and Lindner represents that force that wishes to thwart such a desire.  In this conflict between both forces, the true battle between change and Status Quo is evident.

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