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

The house in Raisin in the Sun symbolizes Lena's personal dream, social mobility, and hope for the family. It also symbolizes the family's unwillingness to bend to racism when they refuse to sell the house to the white community.

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The Younger family's new home in the white neighborhood of Clybourne Park symbolizes Lena's personal dream, significant social mobility, and hope for the family. When Lena receives her husband's ten thousand dollar insurance check, she puts a down payment on a spacious home in Clybourne Park. It is her dream to leave their tiny, outdated apartment in the South Side of Chicago and move into a comfortable home.

Once Walter Jr. discovers that his mother used some of the money to purchase a new home, he becomes deeply depressed and begins to drink heavily. Lena ends up sympathizing with her son and gives him the remainder of the insurance money to invest in a liquor business. Unfortunately, Walter's business partner steals the money, and Walter is forced to make a decision regarding whether or not to sell Lena's new home.

At the end of the play, Walter becomes a man by demonstrating integrity and refusing to sell the home back to the white community. The play ends with the Younger family...

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