Rasin In The Sun Beneatha

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Beneatha and Africa Beneatha is a woman who refuses to be a spineless stay-at-home wife who just cooks and cleans while her husband goes off to work. Her purpose in life is to go to medical school and be a doctor, but it is highly unwelcome in her family, with Asagi, and very much with Walter. It seems to everyone else in the play that she only wants to be a doctor, but she really knows that she needs to be a doctor in order to make her life have purpose and be worth something. Of course, everyone in her family thinks that she is out of her mind when she tells them all that she wants to be a doctor; they think that she has forgotten who she really is, but she knows good and well that she is Beneatha Younger, and she deserves the chance to become a doctor and be successful. Beneatha has to push against everyone in her family to become a doctor, and that just isn’t fair. The amount of spineless women in the past is just too much for her to handle. Her name is very fitting for her attitude and the way that she approaches everyone and everything in life. “Beneatha” is dangerously close to being the words “beneath her”, and I think that when she wants to be above everyone in the play, she is, and every single thing is beneath her. Walter’s anger and displeasurement finally comes out in Act I, Scene 1 when he says: "Who in the hell told you you had to be a doctor? If you so crazy 'bout messing 'round with sick people — then go be a nurse like other women — or just get married and be quiet." He showed that he didn’t care about Beneatha’s feelings at all when he said that, and I think that is the point when she really started to take action on what she believed in because she felt challenged, and that really motivated and drove her to become the woman that she has always wanted to be; a successful doctor. I think that the fact that Beneatha is an atheist has much to
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