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Posted October 13, 2008 at 4:35 AM via web

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What do you think the significance of Beneatha's name might be in "A Raisin in the Sun"?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 13, 2008 at 4:49 AM (Answer #1)

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Beneatha often acts like everyone is below her or beneath her. Her superior attitude comes from having more education than the rest of the family and her desire to be a doctor. She challenges Mama with the statement,"There is no God". Mama quickly rises to the challenge by slapping Beneatha and having her repeat, "In my Mama's house, there is God." She also badgers Walter by saying, " I dissected something that looked just like you the other day." Beneatha is constantly experimenting with different "forms of expression" to discover herself and often overlooks the facts that Mama, Walter and Ruth have worked to help put Beneatha through school. This attitude makes it hard for others to live with her, until she meets Asagai, who seems to understand her and he helps her be more tolerant and see things from other people's point of view.

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