Relationships In A Raisin In The Sun

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Money definitely plays a role in relationships, however, whether money affects relationships positively or negatively depends on the amount of money. The correlation between financial stability and relationships are not only in present in daily life but in books as well. Specifically in Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin In The Sun, where she reinforces both how and why financial instability dictates the quality of one 's relationship. This theme is accentuated through the characters’ feelings and perceptions. Similarly, in present day people experience negative effects to their relationships due to conflicts that arise from financial instability.
The role money plays in Walter and Ruth’s relationship represents the tensions money brings about in couples in the real world. When Walter is presented with a tempting investment opportunity from his two friends, the lack of salary from his current job forces him to rely on Mama’s insurance money. In Walter’s struggle to attempt to obtain enough funds for his investment opportunity, his prime focus becomes the money needed for his business opportunity, instead of the well-being of his marriage. Walter’s wife, Ruth states, “No. Mama, something is happening between Walter and me. I don’t know what it is-but he needs something-something I can’t give him anymore. He needs this chance, Lena.” (Hansberry 42). Basically, Walter wishes to pursue his dream of starting up a business in hopes of great success. All Walter can think about
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