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The Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberrys novel A Raisin in the Sun revolves around a middle-class African-American family struggling during World War II By reading about the Youngers true to life experiences one learns many important life lessons One of the aforementioned would be that a person should always put familys needs before their own There are many examples of this throughout the novel Just a few of these would be the example of Ruth and her unborn baby Walter regaining the respect of his family and Mama and her unselfish ways The first event that shows one should always put family before oneself is the case of Ruth and her unborn baby At first Ruth is thinking about having an abortion and has already paid a five-dollar down payment to the doctor She explains to Walter her reasoning for such drastic measures by saying IIm sorry about this new baby Walter I guess maybe I better go on and do what I started I guess I just didnt realize how bad things was with us I guess I just didnt realize87 Ruth is going to destroy this baby because she feels that she and Walter just do not have enough money to support another family member and feels that she and Walter will only bring the baby into a world of fighting Beneatha also has influence on Ruths decision by asking where is he going to live On the roof58 Beneatha feels that if Ruth has another baby it would just complicate the living situation which is strenuous enough as it is Later even with all of this negative energy Ruth comes to realize that she should not take the life of her baby and decides to keep it One of her reasons for this change of heart is that her and Walter have been getting along much better and their constant fighting was one of the main reasons she
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