A Raisin in the Sun Act I, Scene 2: Summary and Analysis

Lorraine Hansberry

Act I, Scene 2: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Joseph Asagai: a Nigerian friend of Beneatha’s who has just returned from a trip to Canada

Summary
Scene 2 opens on the following morning. The family, on this Saturday, is involved in housecleaning. The phone rings, and it is Willie Harris, Walter’s friend. They talk about the liquor store they want to start while Mrs. Younger stares at her son in disapproval. The next hone call is for Beneatha, from her school friend Joseph Asagai, who has just returned from studying in Canada.

Ruth comes home and we learn she is pregnant (which would account for why she dropped to the floor at the end of the last scene; she had not been feeling well, as some women do not at...

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