Importance of a Family

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What is more important: a family or the money? The study by psychologists at the Sahlgrenska Academy and Lund University in Sweden suggests that our collective picture of what makes us happy is more about relationships and less about possessions. In the drama A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, the Younger family is struggling to live a normal life where each member wishes to fulfill his or her dream for the betterment of the family. The Younger family believes that money can buy happiness. Hansberry beautifully illustrates the importance of family over money by Mama’s dreams for providing the family with values and a better house where they can live comfortably, by Ruth’s self-sacrifice for lessening the family’s financial burden, and by Walter’s wish to support the family by providing a better income. In addition, the climax and the falling action make the characters realize the worth of having a family over money.
In A Raisin in the Sun, Mama, who is the head of the family, cares deeply for her family and wants a larger home for them. Mama is a religious and principled woman, and she believes family is more important than money. Mama tries to convey the family values to her children who do not seem to share the same moral values. When Ruth asks about the insurance check, Mama tells her, “Now don't you start, child. [It is] too early in the morning to be talking about money. It ain't Christian” (1.1.168). Then, when Beneatha shows detachment with God, Mama slaps her. This shows Mama can do anything to glue their family together and respect her values towards God. Mama believes the importance of family is to trust one another. Mama trusts her son Walter with the money, but the trust is broken when Walter loses the money. Although Walter loses the money, Mama forgives him for his irresponsible behavior. It shows the unconditional love she has for Walter and
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