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A Raisin in the Sun In the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry the protagonist Walter wants the ten thousand dollars of insurance money from his fathers death He wants it so he can fulfill his dream of owning a liquor store His mother does not give him the money There are three reasons why she does not give him the money To begin with she does not believe in drinking Secondly she had planned to use the money for Beneathas education The last reason is that she wants to buy a new house for her family Walter responds unpleasantly to this declaring that Mama has destroyed his dream Eventually he realizes other people have dreams too and it was at that point when he loses his selfishness Walter shows us that change is important His ambitions are all materialistic he would do anything to have charge of enough money to open a liquor store His dreams change Walter into a greedy corrupt person Walter for a majority of the play is insatiable in his desire for money and for the finer things in life His materialism is almost the downfall of the family The main event that forced Walter to change was when Mama entrusts him with 6500 and stern instructions to put 3000 away for Beneathas medical education Walter still lets his greed get the better of him and squanders the money on a venture that never took off because of another mans theft It is only at the end of the play do we finally see Walter begin to mature and show some responsibility for both his actions and his family He refuses the offer from Mr Linder to reconsider moving into their all-white neighborhood and plans to move in to their new home Also he supports his familys dreams This shows how he has changed as a person over the course of the play A Raisin in the
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