Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Great Expectations Of Women ' And ' George Murchinson '

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George and Asagai’s characters have many differences, including their backgrounds, attitudes towards education, expectations of women, and views of African culture, and these differences are the reasons why Beneatha accepted Asagai and rejected George. George Murchinson is a wealthy African American man who is dating Beneatha at the beginning of the play. Asagai is a Nigerian man who is in love with Beneatha, and they bond over their interests about Africa. The men’s first contrast is in their views towards education. George sees education’s purpose as a tool to becoming successful, telling Beneatha, “You read books- to pass the course- to get a degree. That’s it- It has nothing to do with thoughts.” Asagai sees education as a power for knowledge, and despite his intelligence, he does not use it to downgrade the Younger family. Also, George sees women as a companion to have standing beside men, but they should not have their own personality. In a woman, he wants “a nice, sophisticated girl...not a poet” (96), which criticizes Beneatha’s need to have her ideas heard. As for Asagai, he has old-fashioned ideas about women. His beliefs that women shouldn’t be independent from men bring tension into their relationship
And lastly, their views on African culture set them even further apart. George shows no interest in the topic, and lectures Beneatha about culture whenever she speaks about it. Because of the luck his rich family has in America, he shows no remorse for being an…

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