Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun” is the story of the Youngers, a bad African- American household in the 1940s. All of the Youngers have crucial dreams that they wish to realize however due to their economic status and the abundant bigotry of the time, and they are required to put aside these dreams. Nevertheless, due to the insurance money from “Huge Walter”‘s death, they have a chance to conquer these challenges and attain their dreams.
Beneatha is a fine example of a character whose dreams have actually been deferred. Beneatha imagine being a medical professional and throughout the play, struggles to identify her identity as a well-educated black lady.
Beneatha is a collage trainee and is clearly the best educated member of the Younger household. Her education is extremely essential to her and she wishes to one day end up being a doctor. Beneatha thinks in education as a means to understanding and self-fulfillment through understanding and knowledge. It was rare at this time to find a bad well-read black lady with such high ambitions.
Beneatha took pride in this fact and typically flaunted her intelligence to her family. Mama, understanding just how much her education implied to her, advised Walter to save $3000 for Beneatha’s medical education. When it was found that Walter had invested the money in his liquor store scheme and Willy had actually run off with all the money, Beneatha was devastated. She had actually lost all hope and even though her spirits might have been lifted after her talk with Asagai in act III and the chance to move into a brand-new house, it appears that Beneatha will never realize this dream.
Another significant dream that Beneatha desires is to have her own identity. In the play she does this by trying to gain a better grasp on her cultural identity as an African-American. The rest of her household, after residing in America for five generations, appear out of touch with their African heritage, so Beneatha turns to Asagai, a native Nigerian, to see if he can supply the lost part of herself. Beneatha dresses in Nigerian attire, dances to African music, and lets her hair grow naturally in an attempt to end up being more African. Beneatha does this in part due to the fact that she best regards wishes to identify herself as an Africa-American but she likewise does it in demonstration of what she calls an “oppressive” white culture.
Beneatha likewise dreamed of conquering not just the prejudice versus blacks, however also the prejudice against women. In the 1940s, it was common belief that a female’s location was at house and it was extremely uncommon for any woman to become a doctor. Even Walter suggests that she become a nurse, a generally woman’s job, rather. Beneatha was an early feminist and did not take the generally submissive role of a lady. Instead, she spoke out versus anything she viewed as an injustice. She became especially enthusiastic about releasing the Africans from French and English colonizers after speaking to Asagai.
In the play “A Raisin in the Sun,” all of the main characters were guided by their dreams, and the exact same is true for Beneatha. In the play, Beneatha has a hard time to create her own identity while fighting versus the plentiful prejudice of the day. While she partially succeeds at developing her own identity, her dreams of ending up being a physician fail when Walter losses the needed money. However, Beneatha is a strong, smart woman and will probably succeed later on in life.