A Raisin in the Sun

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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT
  • SOLD
  • RISING ACTION
  • The Younger family lives in a very small, vermin-infested apartment building in the south side of Chicago. Big Walter has recently died, and the family has different ideas of what to do with the life insurance check.    
  • CLIMAX
  • Mama wants to buy a new home to fulfill her and her late husband's shared dream.  Her son, Walter Lee, wants the insurance money to invest in his dream: to own a liquor store.  Her daughter, Bertha Lee, wants the money to fund her education and become a doctor.  Mama decides to follow her own dreams and buys a big house for the family.    
  • FALLING ACTION
  • After Mama buys a house in Clybourne Park, the all white community offers the family money to not move in their neighborhood.  The family declines.  Mama gives Walter Lee the remaining insurance money: part to invest in his dream and part to put aside for Beneatha’s schooling.  Walter Lee didn't obey his mother and invested his sister's part too.
  • RESOLUTION
  • Walter Lee learns that his 'friend' swindled him and took off with the money.  Angry, humiliated, and hurt, Walter has to tell his mother that he lost the money, even his sister's part.  Walter decided to accept a bribe from the unwelcoming community to recover some of his financial loss but Mama said if he did, he would lose his pride, dignity and sense of self, and she felt that was worst than loosing money.
  • Walter realizes that he cannot trade his pride for money and tells the community spokesperson that they are proudly going to move into the house.  His mother is relieved and proud of him. 
  • The Youngers leave the small, over-crowded, poverty stricken south side of Chicago and Mama returns to grab her plant, which represents her dream of a happy, content family in a home they can call their own.
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