What kind of man is George Murchison in A Raisin in the Sun? How is he in comparison to Asagai?

In A Raisin in the Sun, George Murchison is wealthy, handsome, shallow, and dismissive of his own culture. He is a complete contrast to Joseph Asagai, who is a serious-minded young man and shows Beneatha the importance of understanding her African heritage.

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In Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun, George Murchison appears to be exactly the type of young man any parents would want their daughter to marry, and it is unsurprising that the Younger family approves of him. He is rich, handsome, polished, and superficially clever. However, Beneatha comes to see that George is also shallow and arrogant, and that his high cultural references mask a complete absence of original thought. In particular, George treats his African heritage—and hers—with ignorant disdain, describing it as "nothing but a bunch of raggedy-assed spirituals and some grass huts."

Joseph Asagai is the polar opposite of George in every respect. He is quiet, calm, and serious, refusing to parade his knowledge but thinking far more profoundly than George does. Joseph has come to Chicago to study, but he will always regard Nigeria as home and persuades Beneatha to share his perspective and embrace her African roots. Joseph and George represent attitudes of mind and ways of life between which Beneatha must choose. She comes to see that for all of George's apparent self-assurance, he is imitating the products of a culture to which he will never truly belong. In choosing Joseph, therefore, Beneatha declares her allegiance to authenticity and to her African heritage.

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