In A Raisin in the Sun, what makes Walter suddenly change his mind about taking Mr. Lindner's money?

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Throughout the play, Walter Younger is a somewhat unsympathetic character. He is materialistic, envious of what he perceives as his sister Beneatha's greater ease in life, and rather uncaring when Ruth reveals that she is pregnant. Later, he squanders sixty-five hundred dollars of his father's insurance money, a sum with which his mother entrusted him—to express her faith in him as a responsible man—to buy a liquor store with his friend Willy Harris. When Willy runs off with the money, Walter's sense of failure is re-established. However, his mother, Lena, has put aside some of the insurance money and made a down payment on a house in Clybourne Park, a neighborhood where, as Ruth says, there "ain't no colored people."

To reinforce this standard, Mr. Lindner, a member of what Clybourne Park's residents call the "Improvement Association," makes his first visit to the Younger household. He offers a sum in exchange for keeping the Younger family out of the neighborhood and makes it...

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