A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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In A Raisin in the Sun, how does Beneatha feel about George Murchison? 

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Beneatha is portrayed as a rather fickle, mercurial young woman, who is interested in both George Murchinson and Joseph Asagai. When Lena and Ruth initially begin inquiring about Beneatha's upcoming date with George Murchinson, Beneatha admits that George is simply "all right" but is an extremely shallow person. Beneatha proceeds to tell Lena and Ruth that George flaunts his wealth and mentions that his family is rather snobbish. Despite the fact that George drives a fancy car and takes Beneatha to beautiful places, she cannot see herself marrying him. Beneatha is simply enjoying her options and the experiences George Murchinson currently provides for her.

Beneatha also does not appreciate the fact that George does not support her decision to become a doctor, and he is depicted as an arrogant, controlling man, who criticizes Beneatha's natural hairstyle and could care less about his African heritage. Hansberry portrays Joseph Asagai in a much more favorable light, and Beneatha seems more attracted to him than George Murchinson. Overall, Beneatha likes George but cannot take him seriously and has reservations about his superficial, arrogant demeanor.

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When Beneatha speaks of George Murchison, she speaks "with displeasure" and calls him "shallow" (Act I, sc. i). She feels that George sees himself as better than the Younger family because his family has money and Beneatha's does not.  However, she says, "Oh—I like George all right, Mama. I mean I like him enough to go out with him and stuff" (Act I, sc. i).  So, she even admits that she likes him, but she is really using him to have a good time and nothing else.  Beneatha does not see in George a kindred spirit, like she does with Joseph Asagai.  Beneatha's family also wants to see her marry George because it would be moving up in their social world; he has money, so he will be able to support her.  However, he won't be the type of person who would allow Beneatha to continue her quest to be a doctor--he is a traditionalist, like her family, and the family hopes that George will settle Beneatha. Joseph Asagai, on the other hand, is more of a soulmate for Beneatha.  He is an intellectual much like Beneatha, and he challenges her to think about what she wants in life, not just to follow aimlessly against the will of her family.  

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