A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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What is Beneatha's role in "A Raisin In The Sun"?

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The play A Raisin in the Sun presents a family, the Youngers, and allows us to observe their family dynamic as they try to decide how to spend the inheritance left behind by the deceased Walter Younger Sr.

Beneatha Younger is probably the most ambitious of the Younger family. While all of the family members have dreams and goals, Beneatha's aspiration to become a doctor seems the boldest and most purposeful. Hers is the goal that most challenges the norms of race and gender at the time the play is set. Her mother wants a bigger home so the family can have room to spread out and grow. This is a noble goal, but a mother wishing for a home is an aspiration that fits right into what we might expect of a family matriarch. Her brother Walter Jr. wants to open a liquor store. He is very excited about his dream and thinks it will allow his family to benefit in the long run. He also feels it will give him confidence and self-esteem. Walter seems to resent Beneatha's education and her dream of...

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