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In A Raisin in the Sun, why did all the scenes take place in the family house?

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In A Raisin in the Sun, the Youngers's apartment stands for the confines of what the family has been allowed to do and the housing they have been able to manage to get, given racism and poverty. They are outgrowing the apartment, as Walter and Ruth's son, Travis, sleeps on the sofa, and Ruth is expecting another baby. Although they try to keep the apartment clean, it is dingy from long use. Mama long ago had the dream of making this apartment a comfortable place for her family, but it is now worn and too small.

Rather than representing safety and comfort, their apartment represents limitations and what Mama wants to escape by buying a larger house with a yard in a suburb that is mainly white. The scenes take place in the Youngers's house to emphasize the way their dreams have been...

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