Why is Mama's potted plant so important to her?
Mama attentively cares for her plant, despite the fact that there's not enough sunshine for it to thrive. Mama reveals she's always wanted a garden. The plant represents the dream that she'll one day be prosperous enough to buy a house that has one. The plant is the only green thing in their apartment, and Mama doubtless identifies with its struggle to survive despite harsh circumstances.
Why are Mama and Ruth so shocked when Beneatha reveals that she might not get married?
In the 1950s, and up until very recently, all women were expected to get married. Social mores dictated that men were the breadwinners...
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