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A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun


by Lorraine Hansberry

Lena Younger (Mama) Timeline and Summary

  • Lena does not support Walter’s liquor store plan.
  • She awaits a check in the mail from her husband’s life insurance.
  • Lena buys a house in a white neighborhood with the $10,000.
  • Mama worries about the development of her children, particularly of Walter as his father’s son, and the future of their family.
  • Lena gives Walter the remaining $6,500 to show her faith in him.
  • Lena looks for strength after Walter loses all of the money.
  • Lena stands up for Walter when Beneatha criticizes his manliness.