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What role does money play in A Raisin in the Sun?

In A Raisin in the Sun, each character is impacted by money in different ways. To Mama, money represents her husband's hard work and the promise of buying a beautiful home for her family. Money impacts Walter's life as well; when he loses it, Mama is totally devastated. Beneatha connects money to her education and her future, making it very important to her too.

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Money plays a significant role for the characters in A Raisin in the Sun. The beginning of the play revolves around the Youngers being about to receive a $10,000 check from Mr. Younger's life insurance policy. Mama is determined to use that money to purchase a beautiful house for herself and her children, as she and Mr. Younger had always dreamed. She believes the money represents her husband's lifelong hard work and his determination to build a good life for his family. Buying a house is very important to Mama; she feels it will make a huge difference in their lives.

Walter is also impacted by money, and his actions with it directly impact Mama. When he ends up losing the money, which was supposed to pay for the new house, Beneatha's education, and Walter's liquor store idea, Mama is absolutely devastated. She feels as though everything her husband has worked for is gone forever, and it forces her to reexamine what is important to her in life.

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