A raisin in The Sun
Pursuit of Identity In the play, Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Beneatha look for her identity and begins to find it when her African buddy, Asagi, introduces her to his culture. Beneatha joins groups/activities to find what her interests truly remain in hopes of discovering her identity. She typically enters into activities and never ever finishes them; so when she informs her household she’s taking guitar lessons they satirize her: “Mom (Smiling) Lord, child, don’t you know what to do with yourself … I just wonders in some cases why you needs to sweep so from something to another” (47 ).
Beneatha look for her enthusiasm to reveal herself and assist her discover her identity. Throughout the discussion, they state she’s so quick to leave one activity for another and that a woman, especially in this time, must not look for self-expression and comply with the ideal lady’s role. During a conversation with Beneatha, her African pal Asagi brings up her hair and asks her why she mutilates it. Hair is typically a crucial attribute of one’s identity and shows their convenience level with themselves. Asagi teasing Beneatha about her mutilating her hair was no coincidence, he reminds her of their very first encounter: “Asagi … you said: Mr.
Asagi- I want quite to talk with you. About Africa. You see, Mr. Asagi, I am searching for my identity” (62 ). Asagi already knows that Beneatha is a woman looking for her cultural and specific identity; throughout a discussion he raises their very first interaction in a sort of a sentimental method, and then continues to tease her much like Ruth and Mama. Beneatha, at this point, is prepared to carry on to the next stage in her life; and on the day of the move, Asagi asks her to marry him and go to Africa. Beneatha, in look for her identity, accepts the proposal and prepares to be a doctor in Africa. Beneatha (Girlishly and unreasonably trying to pursue the conversation) To go to Africa, Mom- be a doctor in Africa” (150 )… Beneatha brings this up after being a cynic for a day (after Walter lost the money) and it shows that she put lots of thought into this decision. She still reveals interest in being a doctor, a consistent interest and aspiration throughout the novel. In conclusion, throughout the novel, Beneatha remained in search of her identity and she did not find it. She chose to go to Africa with Asagi and it appears she will find it there.