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How is the conflict of George trying to change Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun resolved?

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lartrip | Student, Grade 10

Posted May 14, 2012 at 6:51 PM via web

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How is the conflict of George trying to change Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun resolved?

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM (Answer #1)

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The conflict between George and Beneatha is resolved when she tells him openly that her dream of becoming a doctor are important to her and that she means to realize the dream. Beneatha has dated George on several occasions, and when they go out dancing, George tells her that he wants a more physical relationship with her. During the conversation, George reveals that he sees his education only as a means to making money and that he expects to lead a traditional lifestyle.  Beneatha, however, wants to be with someone whom she can talk to, and according to George, she does enough talking already. George does not take Beneatha seriously, and he cannot change her mind. Beneatha does not try to change his mind and decides that he is not the man for her. She much prefers Joseph Asagai as a potential partner, and this resolves the conflict between George and Beneatha.

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