Lorraine Hansberry 's The Sun, Still I Rise, By Maya Angelou And Primer For Blacks

1352 Words Mar 10th, 2015 6 Pages
Identity is comprised of the qualities or beliefs that make a particular person or group different from others. It is a crucial factor in a person’s life because it allows him or her to stand out as an individual and helps the person develop a sense of well-being and importance. There are many aspects that can create someone’s identity whether it is by social class, culture, family, or faith. The biggest contributor to develop one’s identity is race. The literary pieces, Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, “Still I Rise,” by Maya Angelou, and “Primer for Blacks,” by Gwendolyn Brooks, display a variety of similarities of the importance of racial identity. Hansberry, Angelou, and Brooks believe that a person’s pride in his or her ethnicity can lead to self-acceptance, creating a positive personal identity.
In Hansberry’s play, pride is highlighted throughout the Younger family. They are all prone to wanting self-acceptance through their race. In Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry writes about the struggles that the Youngers face in finding their identity by showing the reader that African-Americans yearn for self-acceptance, specifically Beneatha. Over the course of the play, Beneatha wrestles with her identity, but quickly finds herself when she associates with her new Nigerian boyfriend, Asagai. He gives her a sense of comfort by calling her “Alaiyo,” (Hansberry 65) which means, “One for whom bread-food-is not enough.” Beneatha is touched by this nickname because it reveals…

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