A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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Why does Mrs. Johnson visit the Youngers in A Raisin in the Sun?

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Mrs. Johnson is depicted as the Younger family's nosy, jealous neighbor who briefly visits their apartment to see how Lena and the family are handling their recent fortune. When Mrs. Johnson stops by, Lena and the others are unenthusiastic about her presence but do their best to remain polite. Mrs. Johnson happily accepts a piece of sweet potato pie and tells Lena,

Oh honey, I can’t stay hardly a minute—I just dropped in to see if there was anything I could do (Hansberry, 101).

The audience realizes that Mrs. Johnson has no intention of helping the Youngers with anything...

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