The Matriarchs of the House in A Raisin in the Sun by Loraine Hansberry

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In A Raisin in the Sun by Loraine Hansberry, the three strong-willed women of the story have varying opinions, views, and beliefs on life. The story is set in the Southside of Chicago, Illinois. The Younger’s are an African-American family that has struggled to survive financially for many years. With a large injection of money from Mr. Younger’s death, the family struggles to make a unanimous decision on what they will use the 10,000 dollars for. The three major female characters differ in a variety of ways. The author portrays the generation gap and logic of the women by showing Beneatha’s, Ruth’s, and Lena’s (“Mama”) similarities and differences, strengths and weaknesses, and reveals the woman with the utmost inner strength. The women are similar in the way that they are all African Americans living together in a tiny apartment. All of the ladies are struggling financially and would love to be in a larger space. Beneatha, Ruth, and Lena are all working jointly to have a better life and spark a change in the world. They strive to be seen as equal to a white man or woman. However, each woman is also different from each other. Beneatha, Lena’s daughter, is a young woman who is smart and independent. Beneatha is trying to get her doctorate degree. Getting this degree would be a major uprising for an African American family in this time period. Emily Hales describes, “As a woman [Beneatha] is expected to raise a family and refuse an education, yet she breaks the norms by

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