A Raisin In The Sun Beneatha Quotes

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In the play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, Beneatha is an empowered young woman whose dreams are more significant than life. Beneatha is not an actual name, but it still has a more profound significance. Hansberry creates this name to show society’s perception of Beneath in contrast to her perception of herself. Everyone around her wants to dim her light and make her more petite than she wants to be. Beneatha has had her mind set on being a doctor forever. The main issue is that no one believes that that will happen. They want her to follow the norm, but that is not who Beneatha is. GEORGE (Exasperated; rising) I know it and I don’t mind it sometimes ... I want you to cut it out, see The moody stuff, I mean. I don’t like it. …show more content…

(He flings the material about her for the moment and stands back to look at her) Ah—Oh-pay-gay-day, oh-gbah-mu-sha(Hansberry 1.2). In this quote, Joseph(aka Asagai) gives Beneatha all sorts of Nigerian gifts and educates her on what they are and how to use them. The name Joe is usually associated with every guy because it is the most generic name ever. Overall today’s societal view of the name Joseph contrasts with Joseph in the play because he is known for being unique from others. When thinking about famous people named Joseph, quite a few came to mind, but Joseph Biden is the one that came first. Joseph Biden is the 46th president of the United States. He is an asset to other lives because he leads this country. Secondly, Joseph goes by the name Asagai in the play. Hansberry did this to show a contrast between his first and last name. Countering the name Joe, Asagai is very cultural and reflects his personality. In the play, Asagai criticizes everyone for blending in and not embracing their culture, especially Beneatha, for how she wears her hair. BENEATHA. You know perfectly well how … as crinkly as yours … that’s how. ASAGAI And it is ugly to you that

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