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Analysis Of Beneatha Younger In A Raisin In The Sun

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Beneatha Younger
As Lena’s youngest child and the youngest adult, Beneatha Younger seems to be a very outspoken character in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”. “A Raisin in the Sun” tells the story of a poor black family that is expecting an insurance check worth ten thousand dollars. The ideas of opening a liquor store, paying for Beneatha’s medical schooling or buying a house for the family are all considered. In the end, the money is lost and causes the family to fall apart but puts them back together again.
The focus of Beneatha’s character is to find identity as well as become a doctor. More than anything, Beneatha wants to be independent. Hence the reason for her considering the option of never getting married despite how absurd Ruth or her mother may think it is. Although there are discouragements given by others, ...view middle of the document...

Walter especially thought that this was unobtainable since she was a black woman in the 1950’s. If a man as himself, in all his potentiality, was only able to get a job as a chauffeur, how could his sister aspire to such a position? (Cristina 4) Due to the encouragement that she never received from her brother or George, Beneatha was still determined to become a doctor.
Beneatha is a college girl and in trying to find her identity, she never thinks to take her family’s advice in to consideration. In trying to find her identity, she “flits” from one thing to the next. She tells Ruth and Mama that they wouldn’t understand when they make fun of her “flitting” from one to another, that a person needs to find a way to express oneself. (Logan 1)
It seems that she feels as if she needs a little more education than the people in her family may have in order to find herself. Only when the play ends, and after Walter confronts Mr. Linder on his second visit to the house to refuse the payment to stay out of Clayborne Park, does Beneatha finally find her own identity within the identity of her family, and to have pride in the roots they, themselves, had put down. (Logan 1) The people that she least expected to, helped Beneatha find the identity that she was looking for.
Because the family is poor and Beneatha has so many extra-curricular activities, it seems selfish of her to change through many things in order to express herself. The family supports her education, but she still feels the need to do other costly things as well. In addition, there is the thought of the money being used for her education.
Beneatha represents a new generation of women and wishes to be independent. (Walker 2) Beneatha’s determination seems to drive her decisions to do everything. Her intelligence aids her in finding her identity which also brought out her selfishness. Her determination is most of what may have helped her to find her identity.

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