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Money plays a huge conflict in this household

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Money plays a huge conflict in this household (tensions and dynamics)Walter asks for cab fareTravis needs money for school so Walter hands someoWalter wants to own a liquor storeTries to rally Ruth to spend the money on the store (against what mama thinks)Ruth is apprehensiveWalter is bitter but mama understands that she needs to give him some encouragement – let him know that she believes in himRuth is holding Walter back and that’s recognized – plays almost a parent like roleoBeneatha – More educated, mid-west accent/inflection (some soft slurring from Southside) The way individuals speak influences them and the perception of others – migration patternsoWalter questions Beneatha’s dreamTries to lobby BeneathaBeneatha argues that the money is mama’s money not Walter’sMoney is the center of the conflictBeneatha explodes – sorry for wanting to be somethingWalter tells her stop it and go be a womanRuth says relaxoMama is the rock in the crisis – Accommodating, adjusting to struggle
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oPlant that mama brings inSmall but doggedly growing – mama’s care and feeding of this feeble, struggling plant in larger AmericaStruggle of trying to flourish and set roots in this new homeDream is not going to happen in the urban slumoMama and RuthRisk involved in what Walter wants to do – that created the conflict between Ruth and WalterTalk about work and the white families they work forDiscuss what they think should be done about the moneyInvestmentLittle money for Beneatha’s educationDown payment for a two-story house with a yard for TravisMama had dreams of buying a house and fixing it upImage from Langston Hughes poemDreams that don’t come true live in usMama talks about how she miscarried a childThe grief it caused the husband – devoted everything to his children after that incidentIn that moment, Ruth is pregnant and thinking of terminating her pregnancyoShe’s the only one who understands the severity of that and its significanceoIronic in its own wayBuilding in that investment and seeing the money tear apart her children hurts heroDreams deferred and dreams unfulfilled – how do characters react to thatWalter and Beneatha are manifestations of failed dreamsoBeneatha comes back in – all her interestsMama and Ruth make fun of Beneatha and all her interestsNot that into the idea of a future with GeorgeNot about race but it’s also about classDivision within black community is just as important to layer inReasserts that she’s going to be a doctor and not sure that she’s going to marryEnormity of play – American DreamoStruggling African-American family in Southside Chicago is relatableoRadical concept that racially segregated American can feel and understandBuilt in sexism in all the characters – Joseph, Mama, Rutho
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