A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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What does the house symbolize in A Raisin in the Sun?

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The house is a symbol of stability and social mobility. With it, the Younger family has a chance to move to a nicer place, to live a stable life, and to experience upward social mobility.

After Walter Younger dies, the family has an insurance check. Lena, the mother, decides to purchase a house with some of the money. She gives the rest to her son, who loses it. The only way he can recoup enough money to fix things is to sell the home and Lena purchased. The neighborhood association where they're planning to move would purchase the house to keep a black family from moving in.

However, the house represents the best hope for the family. It gets them out of Chicago and gives them a new place to grow from. It's a way for them to turn away from the negativity of their past and find a healthy, happier future. Moving doesn't guarantee success because of the threat of prejudice in the new neighborhood, but it is a chance to get something better for themselves.

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