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Imagine for a moment it is your big sisters 17th birthday She is out with her friends celebrating and your parents are at the mall with your little brother doing some last minute birthday shopping leaving you home alone You then hear a knock on the front door When you get there nobody is there just an anonymous note taped to the door that says Happy Birthday along with a hundred dollar bill Youve been dying to get that new video game and your sister will never know You are faced with a tough decision but not a very uncommon one In both Fences by August Wilson and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury tough decisions have to be made about getting money from someone elses misfortune But moneys that important right The role of money in peoples day-to-day lives is quite amazing when its put into perspective The primary reason most Americans get up in the morning is so they can go out and make money Money buys things money influences people money keeps us alive money makes us happy Or does it In Fences by August Wilson the Maxtons get their money when Gabes head is shot in the war In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury the Younger family gets their money when Walters father dies But do these things make them happy Of course not They are coming upon money from someone elses misfortune someone they love The money may have made life easier for a brief moment in time but the novelty soon wears off and reality soon returns The interesting thing about these two novels is that the money received by both the Maxtons and the Youngers did exactly the opposite of what everyone expected it to do It eventually made problems for both of the families In Fences the Maxtons used Gabes money to buy a house and even though it
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