Examples Of Sacrifice In A Raisin In The Sun

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“Me and Ruth done made some sacrifices for you – why can’t you do something for the family?” (Hansberry 1.1.118). The Younger family has grown up without much and when the father dies, he leaves an inheritance that can get the family into a comfortable living position. The only problem is that they all want to use the money for different reasons. Each character wants to make their own dreams come true. They do not want to sacrifice their own dreams to please the others. Unwilling to make a sacrifice proves to bring more animosity in a family as shown in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry through conflict involving money and how the characters handle their actions.
Walter’s dream is to use the money to open up his own business even if it goes against his family’s wishes. Walter argues, “....he’s
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“Them houses they put up for colored in them areas way out all seem to cost twice as much as other houses. I did the best I could.” (Hansberry 2.i). This shows that Mama doesn’t care what other people in an all white neighborhood might think of her family, she only wants her family to be in a more comfortable living position. The rest of the family is afraid of what others might think of them and don’t agree with Mama’s idea of moving into the neighborhood. “ ….that for the happiness of all concerned that our Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities.” (Hansberry 2.3.65). This shows that the rest of the new neighborhood want the Youngers to stay where they are, but Mama is persistent and wants to move. This leads to Linder coming over to the Younger house to argue his points of why the Younger family shouldn’t move to the neighborhood. Mama is angry towards the man and doesn’t change her decision to move, even though it concerns the rest of the
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