In the play A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, Beneatha (Bennie) Younger is a fiery young woman, aspiring doctor, anti-assimilationist, sister of Walter Lee Younger, sister-in-law of Ruth Younger, and daughter to Lena Younger. Her views about the world during the 20th century are extremely modern compared to those she’s surrounded by at the time. This monologue was written to showcase Beneatha’s distaste for George’s treatment of her, her feisty attitude, her belief in the power of women, her love of African tradition, and her desire to become a doctor. Beneatha and George, from the very beginning of their faux relationship, experience a conflict of interest. Before this monologue begins, Beneatha has just gotten back from a date
Walter wants to be respected and uphold his sought-after role as a man. Walter also believes that woman are fit to only take on supporting roles in society. He depicts this when telling Beneatha: “Who the hell told you you had to be a doctor? If you so crazy ‘bout messing ‘round with sick people – then go be a nurse like other women – or just get married and be quiet…” (Hansberry, 2011, p.
No one had to ask could everything about Henrietta be released, but it was released without incident. But it took 20+ years for the information about Henritetta’s cells. It was still illegal for the doctors to take her cells and have their way with them, without her consent. These doctors and scientist did not really care about Henrietta because she was a colored women. Things would have a lot different if Henrietta was a white women with cancer.
In the play, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry and the speech, “I have a Dream”, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have many similarities to having many dreams, a urge for power, and a want to make a change in the world for the many years to come. In Lorraine’s play, Lena Younger, is a mother who has two children and a step daughter with a kid all living in a two bedroom apartment. Lena wants nothing more than to give her family a better life. In Dr. Martin Luther King speech he wants nothing more than to give the world a better life. In King’s speech he says, “We have come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice” (King).
The Deferred Dreams of the !950’s In Lorraine Hansberry 's play, A Raisin in the Sun, the characters of Mama, Walter, and Beneatha face several obstacles and hardships that refrain the characters from being able to accomplish their dreams. They are faced with issues such as gender stereotyping, discriminatory housing , and racial prejudice. All of which lead to their deferred dreams. Throughout the story, the reader is given a visual of how all of these issues are relevant and how they affect each character. Beneatha 's dream is to go to college and become a doctor.
Assimilation, is the act of submitting yourself and your culture to another that is seen as larger and more superior. Beneatha is a young college student who (out of the rest of the characters) provides an independent and ambitious perspective, as seen through her goal of becoming a doctor. During her life in this play she dates two very different men, George Murchison and Joseph Asagai. Hansberry through the book shows that George and Beneatha are almost opposites on their opinion on african-american culture, but her and Asagai both believe in self-determination whether it be believing in god or adapting to submissive to white culture. Throughout the play Hansberry provides us with dialogue that not only reveals why Beneatha picked Asagai, but why she and George seemed to repel away from each other.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” - Aristotle. Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun with many subjects in mind, including how to address topics such as racism, sexism, poverty, and self-discovery. Her character Beneatha Younger, an ambitious, selfish, childlike woman, hopes to become a doctor while simultaneously trying to “find herself”. The rest of the Younger family, including her mother, brother, and sister-in-law, view Beneatha as an eccentric young girl who refuses to grow up. Despite her family’s views of her, Beneatha shows maturity when the time calls for it and proves to everyone, even herself, that maturity comes when you find yourself.
Beneatha is a young independent woman, who has big dreams of becoming a doctor. During the 1950, it was very rare for a young woman to become a doctor. As a result, becoming a doctor was even harder for a young black woman, like Beneatha. She is constantly told that women should just sit and look pretty. Constantly being put down by George Murchison a man that neglects his roots, “I don’t go out with you to discuss the nature of “quiet desperation”or to hear all about your thoughts...”(Hansberry 96 ).
A Raisin in the Sun is feminist because, the play encourages women to develop an identity for themselves, particularly through education and career. Beneatha dreams to be a doctor, which is a male-dominated profession. She says, “I am going to be a doctor and everybody around here better understand that!” (Hansberry 33). This shows her feminist attitude in the play when Beneatha takes a largely optimistic stance when facing troubles of entering a male-dominated profession, implying that she is a ‘non-conformist’. Additionally, Beneatha refuses to “just get married and be quiet” (Hansberry 22), as her chauvinistic brother, Walter Lee, expects her to be.
This example supports my thesis because Della had to sacrifice her hair for Jim. Identically, at the end of the tale, Jim walked to the house and looked at Della with a strange glare. Once he saw that Della sold her hair to purchase her gift for him, a golden chain for his watch, hesitantly, he gave his present to Della and confessed that he had sold his watch to buy combs for Della. This interaction adds on to my thesis, showing that they had to sacrifice what was the utmost precious belongings they held, in order to buy each other gifts. Although they could mourn over a loss of their favored items, their love still propels them, acknowledging that they did it for each