Theme Of Beneatha In A Raisin In The Sun

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In different countries gender roles can vary on how much they are utilized. Some countries do not think a woman is supposed to have a certain place in the world. In other countries gender roles can be a problem, meaning women are only supposed to have a certain job, a certain pay, and they are supposed to be married. In A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry, It is based on a African American family The Youngers who go through challenges with money, family, and the death of a loved one. Lorraine Hansberry challenges traditional gender roles through the characterization of Beneatha. Beneatha does the complete opposite of what an average woman in the 1940’s/1950’s is supposed to do with their life and school. Beneatha combats traditional gender roles by going to college to become a doctor. Women were not known for going to school to get a degree, especially to get a medical degree that was not to become a nurse. Walter, Beneatha’s brother expresses to Beneatha and his family how he feels about the path she is taking to live her life which includes becoming a doctor. “Who the hell told you to become 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…” (Hansberry 38). Walter is a man who seems to believe in gender roles because he thinks that because Beneatha is a woman so she should not be going to college to become a doctor but she should be going to college to be a nurse.

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