In A Raisin in the Sun, why do you think Mama changes her mind and gives Walter the insurance money?

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After Lena Younger initially informs her family that she spent the insurance money to buy a house in Clybourne Park, Walter Jr. sinks deep into depression and begins drinking every day at the Green Hat. Walter Jr. feels as if his mother has completely shattered his dreams and cannot forgive her. Lena is disturbed and feels guilty for overlooking and stifling Walter Jr.'s dreams. Lena tells Walter Jr. that she had been treating him like the rest of the outside world and says that she hasn't ever wanted anything more than her children to be happy and content. She then tells Walter Jr.,

"There ain’t nothing worth holding on to, money, dreams, nothing else—if it means—if it means it’s going to destroy my boy." (107)

She then proceeds to give her son...

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