A Raisin in the Sun
1. a. George Murchison was a special character that was introduced in A Raisin in the Sun. George was an African American man born in the United States, who was very wealthy, and was always showing off his intelligence. George and Beneatha had been dating for a while, and he was very interested in her and wanted to marry her. The Younger’s approved of George and liked his charm, and they especially liked George because he was in the upper class. However, Beneatha disliked his arrogance and his assimilation into the white culture. George wanted to stray away from the African culture, and be more “involved” in the white culture. He did not care about his African heritage, and thought it was a waste of time, which was a huge turn off to Beneatha. b. Lorraine Hansberry chose to include George Murchison in A Raisin in the Sun for a particular reason. Hansberry wanted to show that African Americans in the United States wanted to become more like white people, and assimilate into the white world. George Murchison was not proud of his African American heritage, and Hansberry wanted readers to realize that many blacks in the United States were and are still like that. George was the perfect example of a person trying to be more like white people, because he thought the African American heritage was a waste of time. 2. a. Joseph Asagai was an African American man who was from Nigeria. He was very proud of his African American heritage, and did not care about assimilating into the white world. Joseph cared so much about his heritage that he hoped to return to Nigeria to bring positives changes. He knew Beneatha because they went to college together, and Beneatha was very interested in Joseph. He even tried to teach Beneatha about the African heritage, and even criticized her for trying to “fit” into the white world. For example, he critiqued her straightened hair and told her to leave it how it normally is, which is a more African look. b....
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