Who Is Beneatha In A Raisin In The Sun

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“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. A family of five, the Younger family occupies an overcrowded apartment in Chicago during the 1950s. The family has big dreams that the small Chicago apartment struggles to hold. Lena “Mama” Younger, the head of the family, dreams of buying a house that she can call a permanent home. Walter Lee, Mama’s son, dreams of purchasing a liquor store. Though his wish has the family in mind, it nearly tears the family apart when it backfires. Ruth, Walter’s wife, dreams with Mama and hopes to one day live in a house. Beneatha, Mama’s daughter and Walter’s sister, aspires to further her education while chasing her hope to discover herself. Little does Beneatha know, everyone else…show more content…
Her search allures the reader, but it distracts from her true characteristics. Beneatha expresses childlike behaviors that her entire family, even her 10-year-old nephew Travis, can not help but notice and react to. Her approach to self-discovery is not only selfish, but reveals excessive juvenility through her choices. Beneatha Younger may not be done on her journey to self-discovery, she nevertheless needs to mature and grow as a person before she can truly find
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