In Act 1 Scene1 of A Raisin in the Sun, how does Beneatha interact with the rest of the family? How does she contrast with Mama?A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
In the first act and scene of the play, Beneatha is characterized as being different from the rest of her family. The stage directions state that she has a refined accent influenced by her education. School has given Beneatha the freedom to explore her creativity and her personal ideas, and she brings this sense of freedom into the Younger household.
In interactions with her family, Beneatha seems flighty, and Ruth and Mama always ask her why she cannot settle on one hobby as opposed to trying so many different activities. Walter is simply concerned with the cost of her schooling, especially because she is female. He seems to think that it is a waste and feels that Beneatha is not grateful to the family for making sacrifices on her behalf.
Beneatha and her mother show a sharp contrast in their opinions and beliefs regarding God. Beneatha argues that God has nothing to do with human progress and she voices this to Mama. Mama, however, believes that God exists and forces Beneatha to acknowledge God in the Younger home.