A Raisin And The Sun Gender Roles

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The play, A Raisin and the Sun written by Lorraine Hansberry, exhibits the diverse point of view an African American could possess of their limitations in the 1950s Chicago era. The Younger family lives in a rundown apartment which shields them from the prejudiced environment outside. Beneatha Younger, a young girl who strives to be a doctor someday will not let anyone tell her what is right or wrong. As stern as she is, sacrifices have to be made since her brother, Walter Younger lost the last of the family money by pouring into his liquor store. Benetha has no room for anyone else's negative comments or the modern-day assimilation practices that her family implements. As much as she did strive for the “American dream” she wanted to achieve …show more content…

A major example of this would be when Asagai gifted Benetha a beautiful Nigerian robe and told her about his traditions in his home country. It's clear that Benetha is astonished by the cultural privileges Asagai possesses and wonders why she and her family do not do the same. She then wears the robe around the house the next morning and yells at Ruth for listening to Western music and switches the radio to a traditional Nigerian folk …show more content…

Benetha has a wide range of views and what George said went against her view on the subject. So she spoke out and told George to stop yelling, and even after he didn't do that she told George to leave the house. Benetha knew that what George said was arrogant and that women are worth more than just their looks. If Ruth was in the same situation the readers can infer that instead of kicking George out of the house like how Benetha did, she herself would go to the bedroom or leave the scene. As a result, Benetha took initiative and kicked George out and didn't have any space for his unethical opinions; she even then proceeded to tell Mama that George was a “fool”. Ruth on the other hand if she was portraying Beneatha's character would have left the scene instead of kicking George

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