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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. Of course, it 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 as well.

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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 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.

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