Why Does George Call Walter Prometheus
Why do you think George sarcastically says to Walter, "Good Night, Prometheus" in A Raisin in the Sun?
Lorraine Hansberry’s play about a low-income African American family struggling to better itself in a predominantly white and racist world contrasts the intellectual underpinnings of those members of the family who lack formal education (especially the main protagonist, Walter, and culturally conservative Mama) with those who represent higher levels of academic achievement but who subscribe to vastly different perspectives on racial relations (mainly Beneatha and George). This contrast is a major component of A Raisin in the Sun and is nowhere better exhibited than in the brief exchange between Walter and George in act 2, scene 1, in which George, exiting the Younger family apartment with Beneatha, addresses Walter as “Prometheus.”
Prometheus is a figure from Greek mythology, a Titan who famously created humans and who, unforgivably, gave to his creation the instrument of fire....
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He's calling him a Prometheus because he's acting like he is one (a god), as if he's better than everyone else.