In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, what do George Murchison’s white shoes symbolize?
George Murchison represents an assimilationist ethos in the play. His shoes signal that he has adopted the prevalent values of the dominant culture, as Beneatha puts it, and this notion is indirectly addressed in the dialogue of the scene with the white shoes.
Walter cannot understand the reason behind George's shoes and so mocks them.
Walter: Why all you college boys wear them fairyish-looking white shoes?
Ruth: It's the college style, Walter.
This conversation takes place, notably, after Beneatha has appeared wearing "what a well-dressed Nigerian woman wears" in a robe that Asagai has given her. She has also already explained her views of George as an assimilationist and explained what this means.
"It means someone who is willing to give up his own culture and submerge himself completely in the dominant, and in this case, oppressive culture."
Murchison is proud of his awareness of the cultural nuances of the upper classes. He brags of going to New York and even offers up the...
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