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In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, what do George Murchison’s white shoes...

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dreamer67xo | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted August 9, 2011 at 2:21 AM via web

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In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, what do George Murchison’s white shoes symbolize?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted August 9, 2011 at 3:53 AM (Answer #1)

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In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, George Murchison dresses in white shoes which symbolize the educated man. He is definitely a college prep. He dresses like the college student that he is.

Walter comes home drunk and makes fun of his shoes. He is belligerent in his remarks. He insinuates that they are the shoes of a gay man. Walter shows his lack of education.

Ruth is embarrassed at Walter's remarks. She explains that George is dressed in the college style.

George retaliates with an educated response. He calls George Prometheus to highlight Walter's ignorance of Greek mythology.

Also, the reader could examine George's white shoes as the opposite style of Joseph Asagai. George is the antithesis of Asagai. Asagai is an idealist and proud of his cultural heritage. He would consider his natural African heritage as respectful. He is not the type to assimilate into the college prep style as that of George's style. George is a wealthy college student and he dresses the part right down to his white buckskin shoes.

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