2. Short-response prompt (15 points)
Read the following excerpt from the ending of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun:
WALTER And we have decided to move into our house because my father — my father — he earned it for us brick by brick. (MAMA has her eyes closed and is rocking back and forth as though she were in church, with her head nodding the Amen yes) We don't want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no causes, and we will try to be good neighbors. And that's all we got to say about that. (He looks the man absolutely in the eyes) We don't want your money. (He turns and walks away)
LINDNER (Looking around at all of them) I take it then — that you have decided to occupy . . .
BENEATHA That's what the man said.
LINDNER (To MAMA in her reverie) Then I would like to appeal to you, Mrs. Younger. You are older and wiser and understand things better I am sure . . .
MAMA I am afraid you don't understand. My son said we was going to move and there ain't nothing left for me to say. (Briskly) You know how these young folks is nowadays, mister. Can't do thing with 'em! (As he opens his mouth, she rises) Good-bye.
Identify two themes that are clearly developed in this excerpt. How does the author develop the two themes over the course of this excerpt? Be sure to use specific details from the text to support your answer.
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