In A Raisin in the Sun, why is Ruth so reluctant to do what Walter wants to do?

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In this play Lorraine Hansberry has written an American classic.  It is about a family struggling to achieve the American Dream.  Walter and Ruth are married and live with their son and Mama Younger.  Walter's father has died and Mama is waiting for a check from the insurance company.  Walter wants Ruth to "encourage" his mother to give him the money to invest in a "get rich, can't miss" plan.  Mama has her plans for the money.  She has picked out a house in a better neighborhood and plans on paying for it with the insurance money.  Ruth doesn't want to "encourage" Mama Younger for a couple of reasons.  First she tells Walter that the money belongs to Mama Younger and they should have no say in what she does with it.  Ruth doesn't feel comfortable talking to Mama about this subject.  The second reason is that Ruth wants Mama to buy the home.  She wants out of the apartment which is so small their son must sleep on the couch.  Ruth wants a real home with a real yard.  She eventually gives in and does as Walter wants her to do, but she doesn't want to do it.

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