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What are some strengths that Beneatha has in Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin In The Sun?

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The character of Beneatha is, arguably, the most dynamic in the play. She represents the hopes and ideological aspirations of the generation that would propel the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. 

She is intelligent, energetic, open-minded, curious, insightful, progressive, and politically conscious. 

Her willingness to try new things, particularly to take advantage of opportunities that were not available to previous generations of black people, is an important character strength. In Act One, Scene One, we learn that she has taken guitar lessons and horseback-riding lessons. By doing such things, she is asserting her desire to be creative, to "express" herself. This desire is lost on Ruth and Mama Younger, who would have had few, if any, opportunities to express themselves creatively. 

Her feminism is on display during her conversations with Asagai, one of her boyfriends, whose traditional Yoruba...

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