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MONEY can it buy happiness success or just stuffImagine for a moment it is your big sisters 17th birthday Sheis out with her friends celebrating and your parents are at the mall withyour little brother doing some last minute birthday shopping leaving youhome alone You then hear a knock on th e front door When you getthere nobody is there just an anonymous note taped to the door that saysHappy Birthday along with a hundred dollar bill Youve been dying toget that new video game and your sister will never know You are facedwith a tough decision but not a very uncommon one In both Fences byAugust Wilson and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury toughdecisions have to be made about getting money from someone elsesmisfortune But moneys that important right The role of money in peoples day-to-day lives is quite amazingwhen its put into perspective The primary reason most Americans get upin the morning is so they can go out and make money Money buys thingsmoney influences people money keeps us ali ve money makes us happy Ordoes it In Fences by August Wilson the Maxtons get their money whenGabes head is shot in the war In A Raisin in the Sun by LorraineHansbury the Younger family gets their money when Walters father dies But do the se things make them happy Of course not They are comingupon money from someone elses misfortune someone they love The moneymay have made life easier for a brief moment in time but the novelty soonThe interesting thing about these two novels is that the moneyreceived by both the Maxtons and the Youngers did exactly the opposite ofwhat everyone expected it to do It eventually made problems for both ofthe families In Fences the Maxtons used Gabes money to buy a house and even though it seemed like a good ideawhen Gabe moved out it caused a great deal of guilt in the family butespecially in
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