Have you ever wanted to accomplish something that nobody else thought you could be? In “A Raisin In the Sun” Beneatha Younger, a young black woman, living with her older brother’s family in an apartment too small in a racist 1950s town. Everyone in the family treats her as the little sister even though Beneatha’s in her twenties. Defiant, determined, and ambitious, Beneatha Younger is a young woman who as her heart set on becoming a doctor and finding her place in life. Beneatha Younger lives with the Younger family in an apartment too small for them.
Two of the main characters, Walter and Beneatha, in Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun” do not get along very well. They are siblings that have lived together for all of Beneatha’s life, because she is the younger sibling. Walter and Beneatha both want to pursue their dreams. Both dreams are to help people but they want to help different people. Walter wants to help himself and his family while Beneatha wants to help other people.
In Lorraine Hansberry’s play,” A Raisin in the Sun” Beneatha Younger has great dreams for her future, but there are issues such as, race, education, and gender that stand in the way. Beneatha’s dreams of finding who she really is and becoming a doctor are affected by her gender in the play. Walter says to Beneatha,“I'm interested in you. Something wrong with that? Ain’t many girls who decide…to become a Doctor” Bennie helps him finish his sentence (Hansberry 36).
Beneatha, the sister, test the restraints that society puts on women. Lena, Mama, plays the role of matriarch in the Younger family. Ruth Younger does the wifely job of making breakfast for her husband and son. “What kind of eggs you want?” (Hansberry 1913). “I feed my son Lena!” (Hansberry 1921).
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
Concerning the Characterization of the characters, it is obvious that the majority of the characters are women. The characters of "Mama, Ruth, and Beneatha represent three generations and kinds of attitude" (stewart11). Beneatha 's characterization is somehow related to her name. Her name comes from the word 'beneath '. Her family treatment to her matches with her name so much.
A Raisin in the Sun is an inspirational book/play that tells the overcoming story of an African-American family Going through the terrible struggles of Chicago in the 1950’s. Greg Kincaid once said “No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear.”. This explains Beneatha younger, a young woman who tries to find herself while dealing with others scrutinizing and being treated like a child in her family. In conclusion, Beneatha younger is an overpowering character that is shaping her life through independence, an education, and growing closer to her
In a patriarchal society, women are encouraged to focus on their family and its well-being. Most often, women achieve this by caring for the children and the home. However, in the play A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry suggests that women do not have to focus on the family. Instead, they can prioritize their own well-being. Hansberry exhibits these ideas through two female characters, Ruth and Beneatha.
No one ever stays the same forever. This is shown in Beneatha Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun”. Beneatha is a young black women, who faces challenges everyday. She is a students at a college and dreams to be a doctor but no one else seems to believe in her. This makes her try harder and makes her change the way she thinks.
A Raisin in the Sun depicts the struggles imposed upon the members of the Younger family in the 1950’s in the United States of America during a time of racial discrimination. Lorraine Hansberry reveals through each character individually, and together as a family, how race and gender have contributed to the situation this black family are in as well as the hardships they face while trying to gain respectability in their society as well as in their home. The play shows strong views of gender and how the Younger family members each have a different opinion in regards to gender roles and what it means to be a man or a woman. Although traditional, Ruth does not always accept her generalised role as a woman. She does not always agree with what Walter says and does and in turn shows the reader that Walter does not always have power over her.