A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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Why do all the scenes in A Raisin in the Sun take place in the family's house?

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One of the central issues of A Raisin in the Sun is the family's living space, which is too small and cramped for the number of family members who live there. Having the scenes staged in that space emphasizes the way in which the family must basically live on top of each other and justifies Mama's decision to spend Walter Sr.'s insurance money on a larger home with a backyard and garden. Furthermore, since the drama of the play revolves around the family's conversations and arguments over their intentions for the insurance money, it makes sense that those discussions take place in the family's domestic space.

When the play opens, we see a typical morning for the Younger family, where they are rushing to get ready for the day and frustrated by the lack of space and the disorganization. Later, Mama proposes that they buy a house in a different neighborhood with the insurance money. This causes conflict because Walter Jr. and Beneatha have other ideas about what to do with their share of the...

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