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Resolving Conflict And Overcoming Obstacles In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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Resolving Conflicts and Overcoming Obstacles in A Raisin In The Sun

 
In the play, A Raisin In The Sun, Mother tries to keep everything under control because she believes in her children and their dreams, yet understands that they still need to learn and strengthen their value's as they begin to realize their own aspirations. She is the head of the family around whom the conflicts arise and are resolved.

After the death of her husband, Mother struggles to keep her family together by providing the support and guidance they need, and encouraging them to use good judgment and think of the family as a whole before making their decisions. As the family faces various obstacles, each seemingly more severe than the last, Mother begins to doubt her own abilities to raise her children. Although, while in the process of overcoming these obstacles, Mother's strength as a parent is reaffirmed as her children find themselves returning to the values that were instilled upon them in order to resolve their respective conflicts.

The first conflict, which carries on throughout the drama, is how the insurance money from the death of the father should be spent. In Mother's eyes, it should be spent on something which will benefit her children and help them to recognize what they have and who they are in the world. Mother said to Walter, "What you ain't never understood is that I ain't got nothing, don't own nothing, ain't never really wanted nothing that wasn't for you. There ain't nothing as precious to me ... There ain't nothing worth holding on to, money, dreams, nothing else--if it means--if it means it's going to destroy my boy."

For these reasons, Mother bought the family a new house and put it in the name of Walter's son, Travis. In other words, she made an investment in Walter's future and his family. Mother saw the family falling apart and that their feelings of resentment for one another, and general discouragement in their lives, was an effect from living like sardines in their tiny dreary apartment. Walter, however, did not see it this way and felt nobody would listen to what he wanted. He wanted the same thing as his mother, to make an investment in his and his family's future, but he had his own idea of how to do it. As he tries to explain to his mother, "Sometimes I can see the future stretched out in front of me--just plain as day." However, Mother knows an investment in a liquor shop is riskier than an investment in a house in the middle of a white neighborhood but is unable to convince Walter of it.

In an effort to change things for the better and to show her support, Mother gives the left over money from the purchase of the house to Walter for handling. Although she gave him all that she had, including whatever control she held over the family, she still instructed him to put $3,000 into a savings account for his sister's education and said he could do what he wanted with his share. As she put her complete faith in him to be a...

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