A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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What does the new house signify to each of the Youngers inA Raisin in the Sun?

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Initially, the new house in Clybourne Park represents an obstacle that impedes both Walter Jr. and Beneatha's dreams. Walter Jr. wishes to use the money from Lena's insurance check to invest in his liquor business and opposes her plans to buy the home in Clybourne Park. While Beneatha does not overtly reject her mother's dream, she expresses her desire to enroll in college to become a doctor. One could surmise that Beneatha would rather use Lena's money to enroll in college instead of buying a new home.

Both Walter Jr. and Beneatha are portrayed as relatively self-centered individuals, who have their own dreams and plans of spending the insurance check. While Beneatha at least recognizes that the money belongs to Lena and is hers to spend, Walter Jr. sees the money as the key to his family's financial freedom and happiness. Essentially, Walter Jr. views the home in Clybourne Park as a significant obstacle deterring his dream of entering the liquor business.

In contrast, Lena and Ruth view the...

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