A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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To what extent do you think Hansberry is critiquing traditional sex roles in the play?

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Hansberry's play is a critique of traditional gender roles. Ruth, Walter's wife, shows the pressures of having lived a traditional female life. Her marriage and her need to work and raise her son in a cramped apartment have begun to take a toll on her. She is pregnant and wonders if she should have another child, and the playwright indicates that Ruth's face looks worn and weary from her life.

Beneatha, on the other hand, is a symbol of the more modern woman who wants something beyond marriage and children. She plans to pursue an education to become a doctor, even though her brother urges her to be a nurse. She also decides not to get married to the rich George Murchison , even though she would have a comfortable life as his wife. Through Beneatha, the playwright...

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