The play, "A raisen in the sun"
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Mama has dedicated her life to her children and struggles to instill her values in them – with mixed results. She tries to install pride in her kids; she instills not only ethnic pride but human pride. Mama wants her children to work hard and take care of each other. Except for the face-slap moment, Mama is mostly kind and patient with her family. Her nurturing personality is symbolized by the way she treats her houseplant. Though it is wilting, Mama loves it unconditionally. Just like her family, Lena's plant lacks the necessary resources to flourish. Rather than giving up, however, Mama does all she can for it and has faith that one day it will truly thrive.