How Beneatha Faced Prejudice in Raisin in the Sun

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Raisin in the Sun essay - Beneatha

Beneatha is a character in Raisin in the Sun that faces a lot of prejudice during the book, including sexism, how she overcomes it is sticking to her dreams and staying independent. She is put down by her family and other strangers because she is a African American woman in a white-male dominated area. She has big dreams of becoming a doctor and she is determined to succeed.

Beneatha is independent because she is not influenced by the possible marriage of George, a rich husband who could take care of her, she wants the person she loves, Asagai who doesn’t satisfy Mama’s and Walter’s expectations. When the Younger family is moving out, Beneatha says, “Mama, Asagai asked me to marry him today and to go to Africa-” (Beneatha to Mama page 149). Mama, so concentrated on the heat of the moment on rejecting Linder (Linder was trying to get them to move out because they were black) brushed Beneatha off by retorting, “You ain’t old enough to marry nobody's -Darling, that ain’t no bale of cotton, please handle it so we can sit on it again! I had that chair twenty-five years...” (Mama - Beneatha page 149). Beneatha is a high school graduate that has been striving to achieve her dreams on her own, her family has given her almost no support, and Walter spent the money that was supposed to send her to school. Mama didn’t even pay full attention to the huge news, especially in a mother's’ life, when her daughter is asked to marry someone. Beneatha continues the conversation by saying how she will be able to be a doctor in Africa and she will finally achieve her dream, Walter then hears this and angrily states, “Girl, if you don’t get all them silly ideas out your head! You better marry yourself a man with some loot…” (Walter - Beneatha page 150). By calling a twenty - year old woman a “girl” he expresses how he feels about how Beneatha is…...

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