Sexism In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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All societies have their own problems. These can be things such as sibling rivalries, problems with people blending in, poverty, and sexism. Just as in the Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, these issues are common in many households even in our own society today. Despite the time period that the play is set in, these issues are present in today’s society. Hansberry shows that sibling rivalries can make people believe their sibling is not deserving of respect. When Walter is frustrated with Beneatha, he says, “Who the hell told you you had to be a doctor? ...[G]et married and be quiet” (1,1). Walter does not respect Beneatha’s ambition, and so he refuses to show any interest in hearing her views. Furthermore, late …show more content…

When Beneatha is talking about studying to become a doctor, Walter says, “Who the hell told you you had to be a doctor? [...] go be a nurse like other women – or just get married and be quiet” (1,1). Walter thinks that Beneatha is strange for doing something that mainly men do, like becoming a doctor. He thinks that she should become a nurse, like other women, or just get married “be quiet”. Later in the play, George tells how he feels to Beneatha, “You’re [...] nice-looking [...] That’s all you need, [...] forget the atmosphere. Guys aren’t going to go for the atmosphere” (2,2). George states that in his view, guys don’t care about a girl’s depth and personality, only if they’re nice looking. He doesn’t think that her being a doctor matters to whether men will like her, because they just don’t care about her profession. In today’s society, this issue is still relevant in the form of gender roles. For example, young women aren’t often pushed towards subjects such as science, instead seeing roles like scientists in the hands of men. This is shown in media, such as television, and it shows in our actual society. According to Forbes, 60% of Bachelor's degrees are given to women, only 27% of computer scientists are women with Bachelor’s degrees. These statistics show that A Raisin in the Sun’s sexism is still relevant to

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