Essay on A Raisin Of The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

985 Words May 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Set in the south side of Chicago in the 1950s, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry depicts the Youngers, an impoverished family, fighting through harsh times. Beneatha Younger, a hopeful, ambitious college student, strives to live the best life she can under her challenging circumstances. Her family’s financial status causes her to pursue her dreams, struggle with her own identity, and fight to stay true to herself.
While Beneatha and her family struggle to make ends meet, one constant in her life is her ambition. In her indigent financial situation, Beneatha struggles to make her dreams become a reality. The rest of her family, however, believes success can come from marrying a wealthy man, in this case, George Murchison. Murchison is an African American whom the Youngers see as a perfect suitor for Beneatha due to his vast wealth. During an argument with Ruth about marriage and her future, Beneatha questions, “Get over it? What are you talking about, Ruth? Listen, I’m going to be a doctor. I’m not worried about who I’m going to marry yet – if I ever get married” (Hansberry 840). No matter what anyone tells her, Beneatha stays resolute. She does not let her financial situation get in the way of accomplishing her dreams. While her family berates her for not wanting to marry rich, to Beneatha, getting an education is more important. While Murchison expects Beneatha to love him for his money, Joseph Asagai, Beneatha’s other boyfriend, supports her unconventional dreams…

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