Analysis Of Lorraine Hansberry 's ' A Raisin Of The Sun ' Essay

1050 Words Feb 19th, 2016 5 Pages
In Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, the character’s interactions with each other reveal what internal thoughts would reveal in an ordinary book. Two of the characters who are not a part of the Younger family are the men in Beneatha Younger’s life. Hailing from decidedly different upbringings, George Murchison and Joseph Asagai provide opposing viewpoints on the American way of life. Through the contrast between Beneatha’s love interests Hansberry shows the conflict between assimilation and heritage in the eyes of a young African American.
Joseph Asagai originates from Africa and expresses a strong love of his heritage throughout the play in his interactions with Beneatha. In his first appearance, Asagai refers to Beneatha by an African nickname. He calls her “Alaiyo” (60), which he later explains means “One for Whom Bread—Food—Is Not Enough” (65). Beneatha is an ambitious character and by connecting this aspect of her to her African heritage, Asagai is creating a stronger connection between to two for Beneatha. Also during his first visit, Asagai gives Beneatha a gift of robes from his home country of Nigeria (61). This present further connects Beneatha to her native culture. Once Beneatha has opened and is admiring the robes, Asagai is quick to mention her non-traditional hairstyle. She wears her hair straightened, or “mutilated” (61) according to Asagai. The straightened hair style mirrors that which many whites naturally have. Her hairdo is a form of…

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